Musashi Rule #4 “Know the way of all professions”
Keeping up and learning about new innovation and changes across the economic landscape can not only give you a competitive advantage but open new long term opportunities. At the very least, it gives you a broader knowledge base and the ability to relate to a broad spectrum of people. Below is a Forbes post that provides a solid starting point.
Manufacturing has seen three great innovations since the start of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century: steam power, electricity and automation. We are on the cusp of the next sea change.