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Description: The Fourth Industrial Revolution : Paperback : Penguin Books Ltd : 9780241300756 : : 05 Jan 2017 : We are on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Characterized by new technologies fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, it will impact all disciplines, economies and industries - and it will do so at an unprecedented rate. Schwab outlines the key technologies driving this revolution and offers bold ideas for what can be done to shape a better future for all. The Book Depository The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Review: A must-read if one is concerned about the future of planet Earth.

 

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Review: The Fourth Industrial Revolution is really very badly misconceived. And with all respect for Dr. Schwab’s achievements with the World Economic Forum over the years, let’s try to expose below why, sadly, this is so. As he says, there is a much different future coming for all of us, businesses and families alike. But no decision-maker in our midst is going to be left any better equipped to face that future as a result of reading the analyses and prescriptions - or really the lack of both - in this story. In fact, the Fourth Industrial Revolution may well have the impact of diverting energy away from all that ought to be thought and done about our collective socio-economic tomorrow. Now, in a perfectly serviceable (if not awfully readable) way, one is here walked through the list of all the modern and emerging techno-excitements : AI, robotics, wearable computers, blockchain, Big Data, clouds, synthetic biology, etc, etc. But the speech soon becomes a sermon, a dirge of angst about what all the inventiveness of the modern world is doing to good human order. Like too many pastors / preachers before him, Dr. Schwab sees society’s very own 3D-printed, hell-bound handcart waiting in the hard-drive. Hear the incantation start: “…the new technology revolution which entails nothing less than a transformation of humankind”. “Let us together shape a future what works for all by putting people first…”. “We are all in this together and risk being unable to tackle the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution and reap the benefits…unless we collectively develop a sense of shared purpose”. “It is our responsibility to ensure that we establish a set of common values to drive policy choices…”. For like a Billy Graham of the cyber-age, he typically has a vision of the confusions, destructions and pathologies lurking in every corner. Viz: “Our brain, engaged by all the digital instruments that connect us on a 24-hour basis, risks becoming a perpetual-motion machine that puts (sic) in an unremitting frenzy… …Decision-makers from all parts of global society seem to be in a state of ever-increasing exhaustion, so deluged by multiple competing demands that they turn from frustration to resignation and despair”. “…individuals, civil society groups, social movements and local communities feel increasingly excluded from meaningful participation in traditional decision-making processes…”. When expert-authors take this tone, one can always tell that precious little evidence in support of any of these claims will be forthcoming. And, so it is the case here. On tiptoe in the pulpit, all one will ever see is the coast of dystopia, un-erodibly nearby. And oh, clichés sweep like whingeing valkyries through the fields of this, well, lightly proofed prose. Let’s not linger on too many examples. Let’s just mention : “Innovation is a complex, social process and not one we should take for granted”. Or : “Academic institutions are often regarded as one of the foremost places to pursue forward-thinking ideas”. Finally : “Companies are no longer able to shirk accountability for poor performance. Brand equity is a prize hard won and easily lost”. Nobody, no matter how distinguished, who writes like this is thinking in a straight line anymore - and certainly not in a creatively curvy one. This is pulp non-fiction. Meanwhile, staff in the better trends agencies and forecasting outfits are taught to use language to, as it were, force them to make intellectual decisions. No junior analysis-maker is every allowed to drive a story into the dead-air signposted by the phrase :" It remains to be seen" or "further research is required". Both such (present here) are really mindless truisms and invariably represent a shirking of the insight-supplier’s responsibility : to actually reveal something new and important and to guide the eyes of the reader to the best available truths. It is a betrayal of the Enlightenment itself to talk of "anecdotal evidence" (here also) when power evidence is available - but often has to be sweatily sifted so that conclusions might, however gingerly, be reached. More, just how often should readers be told about a "paradigm shift"(here) and an "inflection point" (here) in one book, a book which offers itself as a guide to the transformations ahead while using the thought-substituting jargons of the past? There should be little doubt now that a revolution is already being detonated inside global labour and career markets. And Dr. Schwab’s emphasis on this very theme is absolutely correct. But the elimination of income-bearing professions - from Davos to Delhi to Denver - needs urgent analysis of a quality that can lead to practical advice for companies and governments. How actually to preserve lifelong income flows for consumer-citizens? How to adjust universities to cope in utterly radical ways with adults who will, across their lives, need three degrees in order to give themselves a fighting chance of sustainable revenue (as their old skills die faster than species)? How specifically should the language of recruitment now change so that employers and college-leavers alike can share a coherent understanding of how long job contracts (and the commitments they imply) can be expected to last? A negative kind of rapture is busy engulfing the entire culture of career as we have always known it in the West - and we need precision and purpose in the answers we offer. This is no time to waffle or simper or insouciantly understate the scale of the problem on the table. Or write things like: “We should take the opportunity of a transforming economy to redesign labour policies and business practices to ensure that both men and women are empowered to their full extent”. Or: “We can reasonably assume that demand will increase for skills that enable workers to design, build and work alongside technological systems”. This is language which melts into air, into thin air. Well-meaning but un-engaged and un-engaging. Lofty, toothless, trite. And do we think that this muzak of lazy exhortation, fond hoping and nice-people ethics are really going to turn heads towards a new and sharper realisation of the shape of things to come - the heads of Wall Street, the Government of France, Silicon Valley, the Ivy League, the European Central Bank, the US Administration, the Fortune 500, entrepreneurs everywhere…. all those who have to make big decisions about technologies and jobs, investments and retrenchments, spending priorities and new agenda selections? Not a chance. Dr. Schwab writes a book called The Fourth Industrial Revolution, presumably with such leadership audiences in view, the people who will (here we all presumably agree) have big decisions to take about the future of workforces and of the general prosperity on which we all depend. As a summary of the techno-driven changes to come, the book is indeed serviceable. But he must surely have had a higher ambition than that. In the complexity-rapids of the fourth revolution, we do indeed need some pretty rugged intellectual helmsmanship. This book is not close to being on point.

 

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