The Fourth Industrial Revolution
What It Means and How to Respond
How to Make Almost Anything
The Digital Fabrication Revolution
As Objects Go Online
The Promise (and Pitfalls) of the Internet of Things
The Rise of Big Data
How It's Changing the Way We Think About the World
The Mobile-Finance Revolution
How Cell Phones Can Spur Development
Biology's Brave New World
The Promise and Perils of the Synbio Revolution
The Robots Are Coming
How Technological Breakthroughs Will Transform Everyday Life
New World Order
Labor, Capital, and Ideas in the Power Law Economy
Will Humans Go the Way of Horses?
Labor in the Second Machine Age
Same as It Ever Was
Why the Techno-optimists Are Wrong
The Future of Cities
The Internet of Everything will Change How We Live
The Coming Robot Dystopia
All Too Inhuman
The Political Power of Social Media
Technology, the Public Sphere, and Political Change
From Innovation to Revolution
Do Social Media Make Protests Possible?
The Next Safety Net
Social Policy for a Digital Age
The Moral Code
How To Teach Robots Right and Wrong
Focus on Data Use, Not Data Collection
The Power of Market Creation
How Innovation Can Spur Development
The Innovative State
Governments Should Make Markets, Not Just Fix Them
Food and the Transformation of Africa
Getting Smallholders Connected
From social media to the Internet of Things, digital fabrication to robotics, virtual reality to synthetic biology, new technologies are racing forward across the board. Together they are ripping up the rule book for people, firms, and governments alike. Mastering this so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution is the theme of the World Economic Forum’s 2016 Annual Meeting, for which this special collection serves as background reading.
Klaus Schwab kicks things off with an overview of the topic, followed by sections on the technological trends driving the revolution; those trends’ economic, social, and political impacts; and the resulting challenges for policy. Drawn from the pages of Foreign Affairs and the pixels of ForeignAffairs.com, the articles feature world-class experts explaining crucial issues clearly, directly, and authoritatively.
Read Neil Gershenfeld on 3-D printing, John Chambers on the Internet of Things, Daniela Rus and Illah Nourbakhsh on robotics, Laurie Garrett on synthetic biology, and Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger on big data. Follow debates between Martin Wolf and Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee, and Michael Spence on how new the new economy really is, and between Clay Shirky and Malcolm Gladwell on the political power of social media. Learn what Clayton Christensen thinks about the prospects of entrepreneurial innovation in the developing world, how Craig Mundie sees the future of privacy protection, and why Kofi Annan and Sam Dryden believe IT is transforming African agriculture.
We’re delighted to showcase all these and other highlights of our coverage of a rapidly changing world. They’ll bring you up-to-date on some of the most important developments going on around us. But at this rate, by the time we’ve truly gotten a handle on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we’ll probably be well on the way to the Fifth.