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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 by 2025 we will see commercial use of nanomaterials 200 times stronger than steel and a million times thinner than human hair; the first transplant of a 3-D-printed liver; 10 percent of all cars on US roads being driverless; and much more 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.

©2017 Klaus Schwab (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK

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Good but have heard before

Excellent narration by Nicholas, however the story is/was told by two other books - The second machine age and Industries of the future. If you have read the previous two then you skip this one - or - read this one and skip the other two.

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  • aigars
  • 28-06-2018

Boring and way too vague, no proper examples

Very highl level view, machines and robots are going to take over ... political shifs... social tension increases ... sounds like author tried to scare, tells super obvious things and overall boring book. I suggest to chech Third industrial revolution in Vice documentary, it is much much better snd fown to real examples

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-2018

Interesting

good book.
intersting.
i had some struggle with the narrator. alot of sss hhhh shshshsh.

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  • JUAN R. BUJOSA BRUN
  • 10-10-2017

Bastante regular

está lleno de generalidades y se hace pesado cuando empieza a hablar de las ventajas e inconvenientes de cada tecnología

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  • Mohammad Mneimneh
  • 01-02-2017

great stuff. great narrator.

one of the few tech book out there that actually has a point. Filled with info and entertaining.

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  • Tom
  • 03-01-2021

Feels like brainwash

Dull and repetitive. Talks about speculations like they're facts. Monotone, felt like brainwash not education.

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  • TK
  • 08-02-2017

Mixed bag.

Was The Fourth Industrial Revolution worth the listening time?

Enduring the constant onslaught of business jargon in this book to try and understand the message it's conveying is like crossing a pond full of leaches to reach a gold bar on the otherside. There is some real value there, but the process may drain the life from you.

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This book discusses some very important concepts and makes salient points about them that will be relevant to everybody. But if I hear any variation of the words collaberative and innovation repeated again to me in the near future I may collapse and die.

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  • Maksym Korotych
  • 24-01-2020

Way too much waffle

The whole book could be turned into 20 minutes instead of 5 hours. There is too much unnecessary repeating and description of already obvious things.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-09-2019

Very poor narration

Mr Nicholas Guy Smith sounded like a dictation algorithm I don't believe it was a human being reading this book. It would have been better read by a real person.

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  • P Beecheno
  • 15-02-2018

Fascinating

Great listen. lots to take in and think about. kinda scary look into the future. but inspiring too. recommended for business people and futurists. slightly monotone voice but x1.25 works well.

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  • geetee
  • 13-04-2021

terrible book by somebody completly delusional

Couldnt finish the book, total silly drivel and complete nonsense by a delusional fool that thinks we could all live happily ever after in a utopia run from an internet connection and experts that know better

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  • H Newsam
  • 15-11-2017

If you want to understand the future read this

A detailed analysis of the technologies of the future and the impacts that they may have socially and politically. A must read for these confusing and worrying times

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-2020

an interesting view of the future

I enjoyed this book, and will take some the valid and excellent points it has made, whilst pondering some of the ethic questions it raised.
would recommend.

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  • The Seeker
  • 02-12-2020

A Must

This book is a must if you want to find out what type of technological advances are just around the corner, and the impact, both good and bad, they can have on our world.

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  • Indy
  • 15-08-2018

Great book about Industry 4.0, - a must read!

Everyone should read this book to have a better perception of the new digital and technological world that is coming soon.

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