From the Fall 2021 Issue

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Securing the Future

Connie Uthoff
Associate Program Director | The George Washington University

In 2016, in his book The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, suggested that we have entered into a fourth industrial revolution, one defined by emerging technologies where physical and virtual systems work together.  He emphasized that, unlike the past, the fusion of breakthrough technologies like nanotechnology, 5G, 3D printing, quantum computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) “across the physical, digital and biological domains …make [s] the fourth industrial revolution fundamentally different than previous revolutions.” (Schwab, 2016, 12).

The term ‘exponential technology’ has also been used to describe “innovations progressing at a pace . . .

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