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The Fourth Industrial Revolution Audiobook

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Audible Editor Reviews

"This book is essential reading for corporate leaders, policy makers, and citizens interested in navigating the challenges and understanding the opportunities which lie ahead thanks to the impact of emerging technologies. Clearly, the profound shifts happening will leave no business model untouched and no society unshaken. Klaus Schwab reminds us of our individual and collective power to ensure that the fourth industrial revolution is a far more sustainable, empowering, and inclusive one than the last three." (Muhtar A. Kent, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, The Coca-Cola Company)

Publisher's Summary

World-renowned economist Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, explains that we have an opportunity to shape the fourth industrial revolution, which will fundamentally alter how we live and work.

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.

©2017 Klaus Schwab (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Only organizations driven by purpose and values will be fully able to shape and benefit from the seismic technological, social and economic transformations underway. Klaus Schwab compellingly outlines why all of us must work to ensure that the fourth industrial revolution has at its heart the stakeholder principle, ensuring that the benefits of transformation are as much a public good as a private gain. This book is required reading for my entire leadership team." (Marc R. Benioff, chairman and chief executive officer, Salesforce)

"In The Fourth Industrial Revolution, professor Klaus Schwab puts forth a thoughtful framework for leaders to meet the challenge of maximizing the benefits of the profound technological, social, and economic transformation reshaping society. Drawing on over four decades of bringing together governments, private sector, and other parts of civil society, Schwab starts a wide-ranging discussion on how we can help to ensure that the fourth industrial revolution drives progress for humankind."(Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of LeanIn.Org)

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    R. Toth Huntsville, AL 01-24-17
    R. Toth Huntsville, AL 01-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fourth Industrial Revolution to be better than the print version?

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    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.


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    chris 09-05-17
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    "Excellent preview of a future that is inevitable"

    Truly an informative preview of a future which will forever change humanity and our world through the power of technology.

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    Basil 08-24-17
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    "great source for preparing for the future"

    excellent source for those planning on werking and succeeding in the future. Worth listening to and a worthy study.

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    JOSE LUIZ P DE MELLO 08-03-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful book, poorly read"

    This amazing book outlines what is happening at the forefront of the forth industrial revolution. But the story is boringly read...

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    Kata 07-09-17
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    "Comprehensive overview of the topic"
    Would you listen to The Fourth Industrial Revolution again? Why?

    Comprehensive and knowledgeable overview of the topic of the 4th industrial revolution. Useful introduction to its principal aspects.


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    Some chapters were more lists of bullet points. I would have liked to have heared more about the root causes and also the different impact in different world regions. Still, very recommended

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    "good short intro to I4.0"

    this book provides the key and basic insights into the different perspectives on how to analyse and understand industry 4.0 and inherent socio-economic changes

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