Can humans master the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
- World Economic Forum President Klaus Schwab warns that humans will lose control of the world during the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
- Speaking at the World Government Summit, Schwab said the world must come together to stay ahead of new technology.
- Without mastering fast-moving technology, humans could fall behind.
The blows continue coming from the World Economic Forum. Not long after the World Economic Forum’s last annual conference in Switzerland, where world leaders predicted, among other things, impending catastrophic mutant events, the World Government Summit was held in Dubai this week. There, World Economic Forum founder and president Klaus Schwab said: “We are facing issues of existential importance to humanity.”
The Fourth Industrial Revolution we’re currently engaged in — a set of innovations in artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, quantum computing, and more — will fuse our physical, digital, and biological identities together, potentially “eluding our power,” says Schwab. To master.” Naturally, Schwab would like to see the world “re-globalize” so that it can confront this impending change.
This global cooperation, as Schwab calls it, remains imperative to give humans a chance during the Fourth Industrial Revolution without losing control over society…or else. He continued:
“But what worries me deeply is that these technologies, if we don’t work together on a global scale, and if we don’t formulate the necessary policies more stringently, will elude our ability to control these technologies.”
Schwab says the polarization of ideals within countries has left a potential challenge for leaders. He believes that governments can play a key role in showing how technology can serve the benefit of humans.
The rapid pace of technology has turned what was mere fantasy a few years ago into reality, and will make the world a very different place in just 10 years, Schwab says.
“You can’t catch up with new technologies. You have to be ahead of them, otherwise you’ll be on the losing side.”
Make no mistake: there will be winners and losers in the race to lead the world. “Whoever masters these techniques will, in a way, be masters of the world,” Schwab says.
Tim Newcomb is a journalist based in the Pacific Northwest. He covers stadiums, sneakers, gear, infrastructure and more for a variety of publications, including Popular Mechanics. His favorite interviews included encounters with Roger Federer in Switzerland, Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles, and Tinker Hatfield in Portland.