The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
4 out of 5 stars (377 ratings)

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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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Best Book of 2018

this is the best book I've read from 2018. Thats all I wanted to say but they're making me write 15 words so...... there they are.

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Would be better in paperback

The content in this is great, but a large portion of that content is in the appendices and they're really not well suited to an audiobook.

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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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Comprehensive overview of the topic

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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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Why does someone with a lisp narrate audio books.

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I don't hold it against a person to have a lisp, but they should not be a book narrator.

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Insightful and relevant, but somewhat boring. It may be because I am working with these topics and know them well.

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This book is a summary and what is happening. It doesnt teach you anything. One would have to be buried under a rock to not see what it describes. The author presents himself as an expert but anybody watching the news regularly can deduce his same insight. I found it a thorough waste of time. The narrator’s constant aggrandizing entonation fatigues the mind and I will be sure to stay clear of any other titles narrated by him.

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Thought provoking look ay technological impact!

This book was an excellent springboard for deep discussion on the impact of technology in the development of our society. I enjoyed the unique perspective and introduction to innovative new ideas.

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Engaging and Riveting

Loved it! Great for curious minds and those seeking to understand the upcoming trends in technology and how these trends intersect with the economy.

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