The Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Crown Publishing Group, Jan 3, 2017 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Drivers
14
Impact
28
The Way Forward
106
Deep Shift
120
Implantable Technologies
121
Our Digital Presence
123
Vision as the New Interface
125
Wearable Internet
127
Driverless Cars
147
Artificial Intelligence and Decision Making
149
AI and WhiteCollar Jobs
151
Robotics and Services
153
Bitcoin and the Blockchain
155
The Sharing Economy
157
Governments and the Blockchain
160
3D Printing and Manufacturing
161

Ubiquitous Computing
129
A Supercomputer in Your Pocket
131
Storage for
135
The Internet of and for Things
137
The Connected Home
140
Smart Cities
142
Big Data for Decisions
144
20 3D Printing and Human Health
164
21 3D Printing and Consumer Products
166
Designer Beings
168
Neurotechnologies
170
Notes
173
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PROFESSOR KLAUS SCHWAB is Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. In 1998, he created the Schwab Foun­dation for Social Entrepreneurship. Schwab holds doctorates in economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Fribourg and in engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has received numerous international and national honors.

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