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If the steam engine of the mid-18th century was the trailblazer of the technological advances that have taken humanity beyond its wildest dreams, new innovations that are becoming more familiar and evolving at the rate we can barely catch up with, ranging from robotics and artificial intelligence to driver-free cars, genetic engineering, and 3D-printed organs, have promised to bring even greater changes.
However, these rapid shifts will not involve technology altering what we do or assuming new roles as instruments or helpers as it currently does. This time around, technology will change our “identity,” from our way of thinking to our afterlife, and the lines between nature and artificiality will start to blur. In the near future, we will need to redefine, or review at the very least, the concept of “humanity.” This transition will merge physical, biological, and technological spheres into one, bringing closer the relationships between ourselves and work, life, and the world. What constitutes obstacles in previous eras will represent new opportunities for nations, economies, and people.
As the world has connected billions of people via digital networks and technology is rapidly evolving to accommodate the complex needs with greater efficiency, our behavior and communication methods are also gradually being altered. We are, therefore, facing the kind of transition that is unprecedented in the history of mankind, along with its ramifications in different spheres such as society, politics, and manufacturing on a global scale. As such, we’re starting to notice emergence of new business formats, question our security and privacy, and see more local manufacturing options. Furthermore, our previous economic systems are beginning to show cracks as we are developing needs for a new system that facilitates access to basic necessities in the era of transition in order to maintain the balance between humanity and technology that is becoming part of our lives. Connectivity in this era, therefore, requires creativity, hope, and forces of production on both individual and group levels from everywhere in order to successfully lead the world into the next chapter in human history.
How will we handle this transition and the challenges it brings? A host of companies met their demise because they underestimated the power of technology, such as the film manufacturer Kodak, the cell phone giant Nokia, and the retail music chain Tower Records, which met its downfall as the era of CD was ushered out thanks to the internet, which has exerted its dominance in every consumer lifestyle. With these ex-household names serving as examples of businesses that were left in the dust by newcomers who operate in the digital industry with new and different structures, how will we deal with the imminent shift? Join us in our quest for new solutions and endless possibilities at CU 2016: EXIT this October.
Video – The 4th Industrial Revolution โดย World Economic Forum
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