This book is very interesting from especially three points of view First, the author presents a complete catalogue of all the changes that have started that will change society Second for each change he points out the potential benefit and dangers that are of equal magnitude Third, he poses the questions that need to be answered to avoid disasters, and instead, gain benefits At the end of the book he recommends how to find the right answers and implement them.You will find many developments in different categories, biological, digitalization, employment, consumers, government, international security, identity, inequality morality, human connections and Klaus Schwab is uniquely qualified to write such as book He founded in 1971 the World Economic Forum that organizes the yearly Davos conference where leaders from companies, governments and scientists meet in Davos In between he meets with influential leaders from all over the world and organizes other conferences and directs research projects about for example competitiveness.An interesting and typical example, unknown to me, is the establishment of OpenAI in 2015 with the goal to advance digital intelligence including artificial intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, Solar City and Space X and a net worth of 12 billion is one of the founders Google, Apple and IBM, also support this project 1 billion has already been secured to finance the development Artificial intelligence is a good example of a development with the potential to deliver disaster and great benefit It is a development that cannot be stopped.In most cases the author does not recommend what should be done Instead he formulates questions that need to be answered which can be frustrating However it is the right way as it is extremely difficult to determine what the right answer should be, requiring a great amount of effort.The author refers to all these changes together as the fourth industrial revolution an alternative would have been a societal revolution.At the end of the book the author recommends an interesting way in how to develop answers that in some respects are similar to the Buddhist way of thinking.He recommends at the end of the book to develop answers using four intelligences First, contextual Intelligence defined as the ability and willingness to anticipate emerging trends and connect the dots In Buddhism this is similar to Dependent Origination referring of a stream of thinking and events distinguishing between ideas and the conditions for ideas to flourishSecond, with heart, referring to emotional intelligence, self awareness, self regulation, motivation empathy and social skills In Buddhism the word heart is also used, with the emphasis on training the mind, staying calm under all circumstances, self confidence, self discipline, compassion and reducing the influence of self centeredness, anger, hatred, the so called disturbing emotions.Third, inspired intelligence soul refers to the continuous search for meaning and purpose, a focus of common purpose In Buddhism this is referred as the Right View or as a holistic view that considers all causes and effects that interacted in the past and will in the future The right view means one knows what one can and should do that is of benefit to self and others.The fourth Body, physical intelligence, refers to keeping the body in good shape and Remain calm under pressure In Buddhism remaining calm is heart and mind Buddha concluded that in this case the middle way was the right path that is no extreme austerity and no eating than necessary for good health The author recommends that only diverse groups that understand interconnectedness and are open minded using these four intelligences will be able to develop answers to the questions the author has raised In Buddhism there is a strong emphasis on the merit of curiosity and seeing the reality, the way things really are There is no such emphasis on group think which is an addition, and a good idea.A book is well worth to read. For anyone who is interested in economics and the advancement of technology this book is a must Highly recommended Also, for those who live in the past and believe the old technologies can be repatriated and brought back to the old industrial heartlands, this book is an eye opener One the modern Luddites will no doubt want to ignore The book does however also raise questions about those people that are left behind by the fourth industrial revolution and issues for how we can ensure a egalitarian society. Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab, read by Nicholas Guy Smith The founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum on how the impending technological revolution will change our lives We are on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution And this one will be unlike any other in human history Characterized by new technologies fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will impact all disciplines, economies and industries and it will do so at an unprecedented rate World Economic Forum data predicts that bywe will see commercial use of nanomaterialstimes stronger than steel and a million times thinner than human hair the first transplant of aD printed liverpercent of all cars on US roads being driverless and much besides In The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Schwab outlines the key technologies driving this revolution discusses the major impacts on governments, businesses, civil society and individuals and offers bold ideas for what can be done to shape a better future for all Klaus Schwab is the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum This book is his view of the coming Fourth Industrial Revolution, if you are unsure of what this is or how it may affect us all you really should read this book I found the book a very clear and concise, a great help in trying to make sense of the forthcoming change and its possible outcomes for us all Excellent. I fascinating or possibly scary incite to the future Really enjoyable read which will make you think about what the future holds for us all and the planet How will Governments and communities react and cope with the issues covered in the book Some great references to further reading A quick and easy to read book. As might be expected from Klaus Schwab, who is a lynch pin of the World Economic Forum, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is a good, concise and readable guide to the technological breakthroughs happening now, and why they add up to a new industrial revolution, rather than just the normal march of invention and innovation He is much less strong, however, on what we ie the nations of the world and their representatives, and big corporations should do to seek to ensure that the Revolution is beneficial We need to talk is his bottom line I guess it s a start. Very good introduction to the digital age Explains the timeline of digital developments and is a suitably concise text that will appeal to both avid and reluctant readers Great book. The book is well documented with requisite data However info about developing countries it s preparedness should be dealt with How mush IoT will effect in manufacturing environment Can author focus light on embedded technology and within next two to years in India how this fourth industrial revolution will affect employment How to development physical skills to match with IoT. It s rewarding to review the thoughts of Herr Schwab, the personality leading the Davos Forum It s normal to see that these thoughts are balanced, explaining trends and their pros and cons It s encouraging to have a clear picture of tendencies that will reform revolutionize the social, individual, economic fabrics based on an INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION which is already here and developing extremely fast I was expecting to see how this REVOLUTION will face the climate change, the billions of people that need food, the political and cultural decline Descriptive thoughts are useful, commitment lines in order to avoid catastrophes are what is missing. Everything you need to know to understand the context and the important aspects of how technology is shaping the world of business From here you can chose where you may want to delve deeper But its no only about technology there is also the need to work together I love the concept of collaborative innovation so its collective activities and cooperation that will deliver positive outcomes for a better world.