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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab and Nicholas Davis, read by Nicholas Guy Smith.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing everything - from the way we relate to each other to the work we do, the way our economies work and what it means to be human. We cannot let the brave new world that technology is currently creating simply emerge. All of us need to help shape the future we want to live in. But what do we need to know and do to achieve this? 

In Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Klaus Schwab explores how people from all backgrounds and sectors can influence the way that technology transforms our world. Drawing on contributions by more than 200 of the world's leading technology, economic and sociological experts to present a practical guide for citizens, business leaders, social influencers and policy makers, this book outlines the most important dynamics of the technology revolution, highlights important stakeholders that are often overlooked in our discussion of the latest scientific breakthroughs, and explores 12 different technology areas central to the future of humanity.

Emerging technologies are not predetermined forces out of our control, nor are they simple tools with known impacts and consequences. The exciting capabilities provided by artificial intelligence, distributed ledger systems and cryptocurrencies, advanced materials and biotechnologies are already transforming society. The actions we take today - and those we don't - will quickly become embedded in ever-more powerful technologies that surround us and will, very soon, become an integral part of us. 

By connecting the dots across a range of often misunderstood technologies, and by exploring the practical steps that individuals, businesses and governments can take, Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution helps equip listeners to shape a truly desirable future at a time of great uncertainty and change.

©2018 Klaus Schwab & Nicholas Davis (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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insights into the immediate future

amazingly powerful yet simple to grasp the transformative new emerging technologies. Klaus has wide and deep insights due to the role he plays.

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  • matt
  • 29-03-21

Great insight into the 4th Industrial revolution

Very well researched read/listen.

The book is structured well and leaves no stone unturned.

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  • Graffico
  • 18-12-20

Really good read 🤓👍

Want to know about what is going to soon happen this book is for you. Highly recommended read it will allow you to really gain a good insight into the drivers of the fourth industrial revolution and will help you understand the key changes ahead 🤓👍.

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  • Clare rehill
  • 25-11-20

Terrifying

The future if left up to these people will be bland and joyless, devoid of human physical interaction. They'd see us tracked and traced. Everything in our daily lives monitored in the name of progress. That's not progress, that's dystopian.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-21

Formal to many, informal to those in the know.

Great summary of the topics, opportunities, issues and ethical dilemmas that we face in the years ahead.
Does a good job opening up past and current vulnerabilities and unethical situations that got us here and broadly implements good demonstrated models of how to approach each area.
highly recommended to those who aren't so up to date with the latest tech, economic, sustainable, social etc. development.

However what I did like was the way it was simplified, and brought all the modern industrial opportunities and how overall this would create such change. There are so many in these fields only focusing on invocation and finance where that should never always be the root cause, it is the welfare of everyone to have an equal opportunity who and wherever they are in this industrialised progress forward.