Davos: Focus on fourth industrial revolution

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland on 20-23 January 2016 will focus on the theme of ‘mastering the fourth industrial revolution’.

This, the 46th annual meeting of the WEF, has picked the theme in order to improve understanding of the scale and speed of changes being unleashed by facrtors such as the implementation and availability of mobile internet, shrinking size and cost of digital sensors, and the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Key questions set to be put to participants at the event about the ‘revolution’ include:

  • How will it transform industry sectors, including health, mobility, financial services and education?
  • How can technology be deployed in ways that contribute to inclusive growth rather than exacerbate unemployment and income inequality?
  • How can breakthroughs in science and technology help in solving problems of the global commons from climate change to public health?
  • How will emerging technologies transform the global security landscape?
  • How can governments build institutions capable of making decisions when the challenges they face are more complex, fast-moving and interconnected than ever before?

The WEF expects some 2,500 delegates, including heads of businesses, heads of state, heads of government, heads of multilateral and religios organisations, ademics, artists and representatives of media. Some 100 of the 250 sessions taking place are expected to be webcase live.


Jonathan Boyd
Jonathan Boyd is Editorial Director for Open Door Media Publishing Ltd.

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