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.”
The Fourth Industrial RevolutionWorld Economic Forum
Foreground People and Planet
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.
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.
Ten Steps Toward the Circular EconomyThe Boston Consulting Group Read Summary
Making Manufacturing Sustainable by DesignWorld Economic Forum Read Summary
The Economic Case for Combating Climate ChangeThe Boston Consulting Group Read Summary
A Crash Course on Climate ChangeThe New York Times Read Summary
Amsterdam Is Embracing a Radical New Economic Theory to Help Save the Environment. Could It Also Replace Capitalism?Time Read Summary
Agribusiness Can Lead the Shift to Sustainable FarmingThe Boston Consulting Group Read Summary
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.
Future SkillsWiley Read Summary
Working with AIMIT Press Read Summary
The Four-Day Week: Necessity or Luxury?World Economic Forum Read Summary
The Next Rules of WorkKogan Page Publishers Read Summary
Jobs of TomorrowWorld Economic Forum Read Summary
Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030AI 100 Stanford University Read Summary
The Future Starts NowBloomsbury Read Summary
New Technologies Can Help or Hurt
Technologies such as virtual and augmented realities, 3D printing and the Internet of Things will fundamentally transform entertainment, the way humans learn, and the manufacture of everything from hearts to sneakers.
Learning Technologies in the WorkplaceKogan Page Publishers Read Summary
Immersive LearningASTD Publications Read Summary
Can Computers Ever Replace the Classroom?The Guardian Read Summary
Charlie Fink’s MetaverseCool Blue Media Read Summary
The Road to 5G NetworksOECD Read Summary
5G vs 4G: What Is the Difference?Raconteur Read Summary
Internet of ThingsFederal Trade Commission Read Summary
Li-Fi : The Future of InternetMedium Read Summary
Welcome to ZuckerworldBloomberg Businessweek Read Summary
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.
No Ordinary DisruptionPublic Affairs
Explore the many facets of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: