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Mapping Global Transformations: Fourth Industrial Revolution

1 Jan 2019


World Economic Forum Transformation maps are a dynamic knowledge tool to understand the issues and forces driving transformational change across economies, industries, global issues and the Forum’s system initiatives.

Each Transformation Map features a dynamic feed of the latest research and analysis drawn from leading research institutions and specialized media outlets around the world.

About this Transformation Map

The Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a fundamental change in the way we live, work, and relate to one another. It is a new chapter in human development, enabled by technology advances that are commensurate with those of the first, second and third industrial revolutions, and which are merging the physical, digital, and biological worlds in ways that create both promise and peril. The speed, breadth, and depth of this revolution is forcing us to rethink how countries should develop, how organizations create value, and even what it means to be human; it is an opportunity to help everyone, including leaders, policy-makers and people from all income groups and nations, to harness technologies in order to create an inclusive, human-centred future.

Content is organised around 8 key issues.

  • Fusing Technologies
  • Disruption to Jobs and Skills
  • Security and Conflict
  • Inequality
  • Agile Technology Governance
  • Business Disruption
  • Ethics and Identity
  • Innovation and Productivity


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