by Rhoda Wilson, Expose News:
In today’s society, high-tech technologies are affecting our daily lives in ways that indicate we are at the cusp of a Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), an era that builds and extends the impacts of digitalization in new and unexpected ways. The end game is a technocratic grid where AI controls everything.
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In the First Industrial Revolution, we switched from using animals, human efforts, and biomass as primary sources of energy to fossil fuels and mechanical power.
Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, the Second Industrial Revolution brought breakthroughs in electricity distribution, radio, wireless, and wired communication.
The Third Industrial Revolution started in the 1950s and saw computers and IT emerge. As a result, manufacturing, production, and the banking, energy, and communications industries have increased in automation.
4IR now promises cutting-edge science, long-term health, GDP growth, but it also means AI robots and quantum computing will outperform humans in a lot of fields.
“Of the many diverse and fascinating challenges, we face today, the most intense and important is how to understand and shape the new technology revolution, which entails nothing less than a transformation of humankind.”
– Klaus Schwab, The Fourth Industrial Revolution. (source)
According to Klaus Schwab, the Fourth Industrial Revolution aims to dominate the world. Humans are becoming lifeless, soulless consumers in a digital quagmire of social media entertainment, relinquishing their own data because they feel that big brother will take care of them.
Industry 4.0, or 4IR, is the 4th industrial revolution we’re living through right now. Digital, biological, economic, and physical paradigms are convergent and impacting all industries and economies at once.
From the WEF article: What is the fourth industrial revolution? –
The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ is the panacea for contemporary development problems, says the WEF. This is what’s going to drive the AI economy in the future. In recent years, it has been one of the central pillars of Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum.
“The 4IR is a way of describing the blurring of boundaries between the physical, digital, and biological worlds / realms. It’s a fusion of the advances in AI, Robotics, IoT, Genetic Engineering and Quantum Computing.”
In 4IR, humanity and machines will be able to fuse through the advent of “cyber-physical systems.” Further examples include genome splicing, machine intelligence, and e-government based on digital identities and smart contracts.
Technology and systems involved in the new revolution could mean a lot of wins and losses for individuals and groups.
Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum and author of “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” called today’s advances a new revolution.
AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Metaverse Technology, Biotechnology, Robotics, and the Internet of Bodies are some of the 4IR technologies.
“Our ability to edit the building blocks of life has recently been massively expanded by low-cost gene sequencing and techniques such as CRISPR; and AI is augmenting processes and skills in every industry;” – Klaus Schwab.
“The 4IR is therefore not a prediction of the future but a call to action.” – Said Klaus Schwab.
In the 4IR, computational tools become literally embedded within us and can change who we are at the genetic level. Within a generation, new extended forms of radical human improvements will be available.
As Schwab writes: “The new technology age, if shaped in a responsive and responsible way, could catalyse a new cultural renaissance that will enable us to feel part of something much larger than ourselves – a true global civilization. We can use the 4IR to lift humanity into a new collective and moral consciousness based on a shared sense of destiny.”
The 2020 pandemic changed our world in many ways, but perhaps the biggest change was the speed at which digital transformation of health data and 4IR moved. Now all these technologies are converging, and it’s not for the better.
According to Hiroshi Tasaka Honorary Professor, Tama University “The COVID-19 crisis is going to accelerate several changes and transformations in human society. Notably, the pandemic is expected to significantly accelerate the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
Due to the crisis, people stayed home and minimized contact to contain the spread of infections. Because of that, contactless technologies became more popular.