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Four Ways to Win the Fourth Industrial Revolution

World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab in the WEF building in Geneva, Switzerland. We’ve just concluded a year in which countless events demonstrated how rapidly and profoundly new technologies are changing our world—in ways both promising and threatening. In recent months, to give just a few examples, Alphabet’s Waymo division launched America’s first commercial self-driving taxi service ; China’s Xinhua News introduced the world’s first A.I.-powered news anchor ; and Lockheed Martin began 3D-printing parts for its F-35 fighter jets . At the same time, social media companies came under scrutiny, as bad actors misused their platforms to hijack elections and incite violence. Some of the world’s largest consumer-facing companies fell victim to data breaches affecting hundreds of millions of customers . And as new technologies helped the world’s richest people become wealthier than ever, inequality increased, and a disaffected “precariat”—racked by economic and social insecurity—turned its back on […]


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