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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 3-D 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 3-D 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; in which 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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By R. Toth on 01-24-17
Good, not great
Would you consider the audio edition of The Fourth Industrial Revolution to be better than the print version?
Unknown, didn't read the print version
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Good summary of the next wave of innovations feeding the "fourth industrial revolution," but maybe it was just bad timing that I recently finished the book "The Industries of the Future" by Alec Ross which I thought was a better book covering similar topics.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
By James G. Henderson on 01-23-18
Why does someone with a lisp narrate audio books.
What disappointed you about The Fourth Industrial Revolution?
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What didn’t you like about Nicholas Guy Smith’s performance?
I don't hold it against a person to have a lisp, but they should not be a book narrator.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful