What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution? And what has it to do with ensuring safe and beneficial technology innovation?

Risk Bites takes a look at how emerging and converging technologies are radically changing our world, and the unique challenges and opportunities that we’re facing as a result. These include the challenges of socially responsible innovation, regulation and governance, ensuring the benefits of advanced manufacturing capabilities, and grappling with the ethics of innovation.

(The 4th industrial revolution is sometimes referred to as Industry 4.0, or Industrie 4.0)

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond. Klaus Schwab (2016)

The fourth industrial revolution: what does WEF’s Klaus Schwab leave out? Andrew Maynard (2016)

Articles and resources from the World Economic Forum

Navigating the Fourth Industrial evolution. Andrew Maynard, Nature Nanotechnology (2015)


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