World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016 – Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution

When: January 20th -23rd 2016
Where: Davos-Klosters, Switzerland
Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution is now a global imperative. This theme drives the design of the sessions, task forces and private meetings at the Annual Meeting 2016. The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting provides an unparalleled platform for co-design, co-creation and collaboration for global leaders from across business, government, international organizations, academia and civil society to advance multiple agendas including:
The Global Agenda
To improve global governance through public-private cooperation by working in close collaboration with key international organizations and providing substantial, yet informal, input into major multilateral processes.
The Geosecurity Agenda
To convene public and private sector leaders together with defence and intelligence experts in preparation for a rapidly changing security landscape
The Economic Agenda
To support multistakeholder efforts to deliver sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the face of slowing growth rates, increasing market volatility and looming global risks
The Regional and National Agenda
To examine in depth the social and economic transformations occurring in all regions of the world through informal interaction with over 250 political leaders on trade and investment-related issues in various national and regional contexts
The Industry and Business Agenda
To shape the evolution of industry ecosystems and business models, particularly in the context of scientific, technological and policy innovations, by engaging industry leaders with their peers from government
The Future Agenda
To share ideas, innovations and discoveries that will reshape the world by engaging those at the vanguard of change from such fields as the arts, media, medicine, science and technology, as well as the next generation of future leaders
Among the Global Challenges and related initiatives discussed in Davos are:−
  • Agriculture and Food Security : How to revamp the global food system to sustainably deliver 70% more food than is consumed today to feed 9 billion people by 2050
  • Economic Growth and Social Inclusion: How the public and private sectors can improve long-term competitiveness while providing broad-based progress in living standards
  • Employment, Skills and Human Capital: How to create 470 million new jobs by 2030 if technology is expected to fundamentally disrupt the nature of work itself
  • Environment and Natural Resource Security: How to scale public-private collaboration, new business models and technological innovations that drive climate action more rapidly
  • Future of the Global Financial System: How to introduce initiatives in macroprudential regulatory policy and innovations in financial services technology that can deliver sustained economic growth and social development
  • Future of Health: How public and private stakeholders can collaborate to deliver healthy lives and health security for 9.7 billion people by 2050
  • Future of the Internet: How to ensure that the internet benefits all humankind through better global collaboration
  • Gender Parity: How to close the gender gap in economic participation, at nearly 50% globally today, in this decade
  • International Trade and Investment: How to implement high-priority reforms that will improve global commerce and expand global value chains through public-private collaboration
  • Long-Term Investing, Infrastructure and Development: How to close the annual $1 trillion infrastructure investment gap by introducing viable financing structures and appropriate risk-assessment frameworks

Industrial Revolutions:

First Industrial Revolution: (1760 – 1840)

The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. This transition included going from hand production methods to machines, new chemical manufacturing and iron production processes, improved efficiency of water power, the increasing use of steam power, the development of machine tools and the rise of the factory system. Textiles were the dominant industry of the Industrial Revolution in terms of employment, value of output and capital invested; the textile industry was also the first to use modern production method

  • Second Industrial Revolution (1870 – 1914 up to the start of World War I)

    Phase of rapid industrialization in the final third of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. Advancements in manufacturing and production technology enabled the widespread adoption of preexisting technological systems such as telegraph and railroad networks, gas and water supply, and sewage systems, which had earlier been concentrated to a few select cities.  The enormous expansion of rail and telegraph lines after 1870 allowed unprecedented movement of people and ideas, which culminated in a new wave of globalization. In the same period new systems were introduced, most significantly electrical power and telephones.
  • Third Industrial Revolution:The Digital Revolution, known as the Third Industrial Revolution, is the change from analog, mechanical, and electronic technology to digital technology which began anywhere from the late 1950s to the late 1970s with the adoption and proliferation of digital computers and digital record keeping that continues to the present day.
    Fourth Industrial Revolution:

    Industry 4.0, Industrie 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution, is a collective term embracing a number of contemporary automation, data exchange and manufacturing technologies. It had been defined as ‘a collective term for technologies and concepts of value chain organization’ which draws together Cyber-Physical Systems, the Internet of Things and the Internet of Services

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