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The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

World-renowned economist Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, explains that we have an opportunity to shape the fourth industrial revolu­tion, which will fundamentally alter how we live and work.

Schwab argues that this revolution is different in scale, scope and complexity from any that have come before. Characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, the developments are affecting all disciplines, economies, industries and governments, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human.

Artificial intelligence is already all around us, from supercomputers, drones and virtual assistants to 3D printing, DNA sequencing, smart thermostats, wear­able sensors and microchips smaller than a grain of sand. But this is just the beginning: nanomaterials 200 times stronger than steel and a million times thinner than a strand of hair and the first transplant of a 3D printed liver are already in development. Imagine “smart factories” in which global systems of manu­facturing are coordinated virtually, or implantable mobile phones made of biosynthetic materials.

The fourth industrial revolution, says Schwab, is more significant, and its ramifications more profound, than in any prior period of human history.

He outlines the key technologies driving this revolution and discusses the major impacts expected on government, business, civil society and individu­als. Schwab also offers bold ideas on how to harness these changes and shape a better future—one in which technology empowers people rather than replaces them; progress serves society rather than disrupts it; and in which innovators respect moral and ethical boundaries rather than cross them. We all have the opportunity to contribute to developing new frame­works that advance progress.

Titulo:The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Idioma de edición:English
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  • Clif Hostetler

    The author Klaus Schwab is a German-born business professor at the University of Geneva. He was founder of the World Economic Forum in 1971. The WEF facilitates the meeting of business and political l...

  • Lisa

    "Hence, conversations among educators and developers about the ethical standards that should apply to emerging technologies of the fourth industrial revolution are urgently needed to establish common ...

  • Trevor

    This book is written by the founder of the World Economic Forum, and one of the things I’ve noticed is that if you want to read a horror story about what is about to happen to jobs, then reading rep...

  • Book

    The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab“The Fourth Industrial Revolution” is an average to above average book about the forces of disruption and the innovation shaping our future. Profess...

  • Bernard O'Leary

    I wrote a 1200 word review of this and then my laptop crashed and I lost it, so here's the gist:* Interesting to read a senior economist speak about likely macroeconomic changes resulting from technol...

  • Tara Brabazon

    Ohhhhh, I'd love to write an alternative version of this book.The usual suspects are here, that we see in all Schwab's books. Disruption. Drones. Networking. Speed. Yawn.But what is interesting is jus...

  • Nurlan Imangaliyev

    Simple. Informative. Useful....

  • Bob

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  • Shauna

    I read this for work. After reading hundreds of pages of various research reports on this same topic, I read this book. Which was far more boring and dryly written than any of the reports. I feel like...

  • Lee

    Hmmm, OK. I've read the same content many times before. This isn't really offering anything new. If you're relatively new to the topic, then it's an OK coverage in a short book ( Hmmm, OK. I've read...

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