The Fourth Industrial Revolution” by Klaus Schwab
Originally published at The SU Global Community-Singularity University https://app.su.org on April 4, 2021.
By Francisco Ríos
If you want to get into the study of exponential technologies and you are a great reader, you can’t do better than “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”, written by Klaus Schwab in 2016. The author is Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. After reading it, I understood the ways that exponential technologies will affect how we live and work in the next years. In this way, one of the things I really liked about Schwab’s book is the forecast of 23 technology shifts that will happen, including the tipping points for these technologies and the dates of their expected arrival to market.
In general terms, the author 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.
What makes this an interesting book is that Schwab presents this revolution as different to others because of its velocity, systems impact, breadth and dept.
In this way, the development of artificial intelligence, robotics, the internet of things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology and quantum computing result in major economic disruptions that will come with social and political challenges. This will demand new ways of thinking, organizing and working.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a highly entertaining read and I really recommend it if you want to escape into a remarkable story about the impact of exponential technologies on our daily life. I couldn’t put it down and it had kept me speculating all the way I through.
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