Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution more than old wine in new bottles? Commentators talk about a world of interconnected systems automatically sensing and updating their own state, and driving decisions about enhancement. They emphasise the fusion of the digital and the physical. I can imagine how this might apply to education – but many of us work in places where Blackboard falls over every month or so. My presentation interrogates what the advocates say about 4IR, and how far we can go along with it. Can we do more than roll our eyes at the latest catch-word, or look on helplessly as another technical development moves beyond our grasp?