Into the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Into the Fourth Industrial Revolution

<p>The first three industrial revolutions were powered by steam (1700s-1800s), electricity (late 1800s and early 1900s) and transistors (late 1900s). We are now entering a new era powered by complex

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The first three industrial revolutions were powered by steam (1700s-1800s), electricity (late 1800s and early 1900s) and transistors (late 1900s). We are now entering a new era powered by complex technologies including artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum computing and biotechnology. What effect are these shifts having on jobs, on democracy and government, and even on what it means to be human?


SUGGESTED READING

  • Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The first three industrial revolutions. Overview of how steam power, then factory manufacturing, then computing have changed the world. Most focus on the third, particularly the development of the internet and Silicon Valley and the tech giants Microsoft and Apple.
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Introduction to technologies that are considered part of the next technological epoch including biotechnology, robotics and quantum computing.
  • Artificial Intelligence. Close examination of this technology from its origins in the late 1940s through to today. How AI works. The present-day AI race between the USA and China.
  • Impact on society. Impact of these technological developments on jobs and employment, on government, on our understanding of human nature. Will robots take our jobs? New challenges: digital monopolies, ‘fake news’, bioethics.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe what the Fourth Industrial Revolution is to someone without specialised knowledge
  2. Describe the related concepts of complexity and convergence
  3. Discuss how Artificial Intelligence works.
  4. Discuss social and political implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: lack of accountability, monopoly, wealth inequality, authoritarianism.