What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

A convergence of technologies is swiftly transforming the world. Are you ready for its perils and opportunities?

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

The invention of the steam engine sparked the first Industrial Revolution, the harnessing of electricity ushered in the second, and computers powered the third. Now, a range of new technologies, from digital to biological to quantum, lay the foundation for the fourth Industrial Revolution. What makes this revolution different from previous shifts is, as World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab puts it, “It doesn’t change what we are doing, but it changes us.” 

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In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, technology is augmenting and redefining humanity.

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As the world shifts and becomes more automated, so must its values shift to elevate human well-being over unbridled economic growth. Companies have a duty to align with this mission.  

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Economic models that worked in the past, where business externalized waste products and emphasized extraction are now giving way to a “circular economy” of recycling and reuse in the face of dramatically increased threats from climate change, exacerbated by human technologies changing the face of the planet. Economies fueled by carbon must transition to renewables. Hard as this challenge may be, ignoring the call to action would be disastrous.

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The Jobs Landscape is Changing

The “future of work” is suddenly present. Although many jobs will be displaced by artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, new “human plus AI” jobs will replace them, and non-technical jobs that require a human touch, like caregiving or marketing, will continue to grow. Demand for technical expertise in computer-related fields will stay high. General leadership skills – communication, creativity, solving problems – will always be in demand.

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New Technologies Can Help or Hurt

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Climate change is already displacing many of the world’s people, creating ongoing refugee crises around the world. Growing income inequality and the pace of change destabilizes governments. Other global trends, such as the growth of the world’s urban centers also play a role in defining the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

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