Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab offers a practical companion and field guide to his previous book, The Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Today, technology is changing everything--how we relate to one another, the way we work, how our economies and goverments function, and even what it means to be human.

One need not look hard to see how the incredible advances in artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies, biotechnologies, and the internet of things are transforming society in unprecedented ways. But the Fourth Industrial Revolution is just beginning, says Schwab. And at a time of such tremendous uncertainty and such rapid change, he argues it's our actions as individuals and leaders that will determine the trajectory our future will take. We all have a responsibility - as citizens, businesses, and institutions - to work with the current of progress, not against it, to build a future that is ethical, inclusive, sustainable and prosperous.

Drawing on contributions from 200 top experts in fields ranging from machine learning to geoengineering to nanotechnology, to data ethics, Schwab equips readers with the practical tools to leverage the technologies of the future to leave the world better, safer, and more resilient than we found it.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Framing the Fourth Industrial Revolution
7
Connecting the Dots
18
Embedding Values in Technologies
29
A Human RightsBased Framework
47
Technologies Opportunities
67
New Computing Technologies
77
Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies
87
The Upside and Downside of Drones
150
Biotechnologies
157
Neurotechnologies
167
Virtual and Augmented Realities
177
A Perspective on Arts Culture
188
Energy Capture Storage and Transmission
195
Geoengineering
203
Space Technologies
211

The Internet of Things
98
Highlight on Data Ethics
110
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
123
Advanced Materials
134
Additive Manufacturing
142
Acknowledgments
241
References
251
Contributors
260
Notes
267
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About the author (2018)

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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