1. What Is The Fourth Industrial Revolution And Why Should It Bother You?

We have been rapidly moving towards the 4th Industrial Revolution for years. The speed with which we are hurtling towards it now has increased dramatically with the advent of Covid.

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2. I have been looking hard for an accurate way of describing 4IR. The easiest way of doing that was to transcribe a video from CNBC. When reading their description of it I’m afraid you are going to have to think outside the box to how it can really be used.
3. I have also included links of videos and articles that are in the public domain. Please take the time to watch them. They are all really short but will give an insight as to where we are headed especially the first one.
4. Yes there are positive elements to the 4IR. For example I tested an AI product called Otter to help me transcribe this. It would have taken me 10 times as long otherwise. However the flip side is that the potential for 4IR misuse is astronomical.

5. START - The phrase the 4th industrial revolution has been a hot topic among academics, politicians & business leaders for years. But what exactly does it mean. The term 4th IR was coined by the founder of the World Economic Forum, a professor named Klaus Schwab.
6. Schwab wrote a book with that title to describe an era marked by a technological revolution that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. Let's break that down.

7. Technologies like artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, or the Internet of Things are becoming ingrained in our day to day lives and even our bodies. Think of voice activated virtual assistants, face ID recognition or healthcare sensors.

8. Schwab first presented his vision of the 4th industrial revolution at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos in 2016. But to understand the idea, we need to go much further back in history to industrial revolution number one.
9. The first IR started in Great Britain around 1760 and spread to Europe and North America through the early 1800s. It was powered by a major invention, the steam engine. The results were new manufacturing processes, the creation of factories and a booming textiles industry.
10. From the late 1800s the second industrial revolution was marked by mass production, and new industries like steel, oil and electricity. The lightbulb, telephone and internal combustion engine were a few of the major inventions of this era.
11. The third industrial revolution, sometimes known as the digital revolution occurred in the second half of the 20th century. In just a few decades we saw the invention of the semiconductor, personal computer and the internet.
12. So what separates the 4th Industrial Revolution from the 3rd. Experts say that the main difference is that technology is merging more and more with humans lives, and that technological change is happening faster than ever.

13. Consider this, it took 75 years for 100 million users to adopt the telephone. Instagram signed up 100 million users in just two years. Pokemon Go cut that amount to one month and 3d printing is just one example of fast paced technology in the fourth industrial revolution.
14. The industry has gone from a business idea to big business with 3d printer shipments expected to increase from under 200,000 in 2015, to 2.4 million in 2020. Today you can have a hip replacement from a 3d printed bone, or use a 3d printed bionic arm.

15. Talking about blurring the line between humans and technology, this new era of technology is driving a lot of innovations. The number of patents related to the 4IR for things like 3d printing or AI has been climbing up and up since early 2000s

16. Organisations are embracing new technologies to make their businesses more efficient, similar to how they embrace the steam engine during the first industrial revolution, but some companies and governments are struggling to keep up with the fast pace of technological change.
17. Research shows innovators, investors and shareholders benefit the most from innovation. The risk is that the fourth industrial revolution is making inequality, which is already a big issue, even worse.
18. One study found billionaires have driven almost 80% of the 40 main breakthrough innovations, over the last 40 years. That's a problem when the richest 1% of households already own nearly half of the world's wealth
19. Experts warned we are in a winner takes all economy where high skilled workers are rewarded with high pay, and the rest of workers are left out.
20. Studies confirmed technologies like AI will eliminate some jobs and create demand for new skills that many workers don't have.


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