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The thing about the Industrial Revolution is that you cant even imagine being in the middle your whole society changes so fast when there are people around you that you dont even remember what life was like before.
So here we are at the beginning of the fourth industrial revolution where most of us dont even realize that numbers two and three are gone in the first place – and the fourth one that strikes us is a little surprising. No one mentions technology when this revolution happens – its the culmination of technology coming at once.
Take the first industrial revolution as an example. Flying shuttles are nothing but when combined with rotating gin (and then water frames) the textile industry reduces its workforce increasing its productivity fifty-fold by finding a fork armed with a vigilant ludite engine; progress. We must go back to the old days of oppressive poverty and high infant mortality. Does it sound familiar? It is mandatory. Each revolution brought a wave of protests from old guards who feared for their livelihood as productivity increased and labor declined. This was done with textile mills in the 18th century at the beginning of the automobile industry (Second Industrial Revolution); now it is done with 3D printing և self -drive taxi.
The first industrial revolution was industrial mechanization through water and steam and the second industrial revolution was achieved through the development of machine tools and large scale industrial production. The 3rd Industrial Revolution which began in 1980 is a digital revolution that laid the foundation for the 4th Industrial Revolution. This is mainly due to the increase in processor performance and speed of technological development and moving forward through the most powerful calculations.
According to Professor Klaus Swopp Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forums Fourth Artificial Intelligence Revolution drones will unite the ubiquitous production of synthetic biological biological properties (AM) which will disturb the physical systems of the digital biological body. The world is dumb just as it was previously unimaginable. Schwab published a leading figure in the area about 40 years ago in the book The Fourth Industrial Revolution. In this book he discusses the risks and rewards as we enter another era of technology and speed.
But is the term fourth industrial revolution used correctly? Is it too early to call a cyborg designers boyfriend a fourth revolution? I dont see many cyborgs on my highway. The term Fourth Industrial Revolution has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age. Is Schwab running late? Are we already in the fifth revolution? Schaub did not notice. In his introduction to his book Schwab identifies three factors that he proposes as proof of the forthcoming fourth (or fifth) revolution.
Speed. Unlike previous industrial revolutions this revolution does not develop in a linear way but at an exponential rate. It is the result of the diverse and interconnected world we live in. The fact that new technologies give birth to newer and more capable technologies.
Depth width. It is based on the digital revolution which includes many technologies that lead to an unprecedented quantum leap in the environment. The name of the individual business association. Not only does it change who we are it also changes who we are.
System impact. It involves the transformation of the whole system (և in) the state in a company into an industry: as a whole into a society.
In the first example you can apply two of these factors to the second or third industrial revolution and its still true. The breadth and depth of the second and third revolutions were built on the shoulders of the first and more important paradigm shifts in the economy and society. The petrochemical industry was born in the period of the new industrial revolution. The power of digital computing is the third.
The same can be said about the impact of the system. The telegram of the Second Revolution made the world a smaller more united place. The foundations of the telegraph network gave birth to the Internet (eventually). This does not mean that the conditions have not changed at the level of other revolutionary systems. Carno paved the way for our understanding of systems during the First Revolution. We are at the social-political level.
From the three mentioned above there are two clear reasons that can distinguish this revolution (whatever it is) from previous revolutions.
First of all in terms of speed we can say that during the current revolution technological progress will be non-linear exponential. This may be obvious because whatever the Fourth Revolution brings is the result of computing power which according to Moores law has grown rapidly for decades. By the way the presentation of patents has always followed the same regularity. And we will rightly innovate at the speed allowed by our tools.
The second and perhaps fourth most important (according to Schwab) is not just about what and how to do it but who we need to change.
The first revolution may have led to advances in medical surgery and hygiene but these things have not changed us on a human level. This seems to be what really sets this revolution apart.
Synthetic Biology Human/Computer Interfaces Genetic Engineering Cybernetics Prosthetics and Artificial Life (See Synthia) will redefine humans as a species.
Its time to dump her and move on. Quadcopiers will not change your life unless you reduce the pizza delivery time to 20 minutes. Self-driving taxis will not change your life any more than we move from horse to car.
But put a chip in your head that can enhance your memory or make you feel like a mandarin or design a liver / kidney hybrid (named Clever according to NASA chief scientist Ames Jacob Cohen) and put it in your stomach. Put – now we are fundamentally changing who we are as a race. For the first time in history we are not accustomed to evolution.
That is why Schwab says that we are on the brink of a fourth revolution or have been completely misunderstood: the coming revolution will see the liberalization of systems in many domains and will take over the biological systems. Many more will lose their jobs. You are part of the road to quoting the Stewart brand if you are not part of the steamroller. So learn the STEM lesson and protect your future from robots.
You can get a copy of the Schwab book on Amazon in the form of an e-book and an antique paper (if you are a Ludit) that is injected directly into your brain.