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The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Narrated by: Mr Nicholas Guy Smith
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-04-2018

A salad of buzz

Do you care about the future? Do you worry about how we can survive the coming shifts in technology, business, government and society? Do you have a high tolerance for the jargon of the global elite and its megadose of endless buzz words? If so, this book is right for you. The author, the founder of WEF at Davos, is well-placed to have a unique and well-informed perspective on the disruptive but potentially beneficial megatrends shaping our near future. Despite the book's technocratic and diplomatic approach, which leads to a constant barrage of insipid bureaucratic jargon, the overall picture is surprisingly vivid and staggeringly revolutionary. The scientific and technological aspects of the coming change are still criminally overlooked and undervalued. The book explains the overall situation in its positive and negative aspects - and exposes the extent of our ignorance. This is a good place to start to be awed and amazed.

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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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  • Dominic
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • stumpy_dan
  • 22-07-2018

Brings the future alive today

I think this book solidifies all the random thoughts so many of us have when we say "it's all moving really fast". It breaks down the trends that are occurring in simple yet really instructive and constructive ways.

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  • G. Farquhar
  • 17-05-2018

Wide-ranging and thought provoking

Well researched book that works well as audiobook and brings in material from a great deal of credible sources. It makes one aware of the extent and relationship between industries that are being disrupted. There are multiple challenges awaiting us alongside the great benefits, we do seem to be living through a pivotal time for our planet and mankind.

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  • Jj, London
  • 21-04-2018

Great listen

Very perceptive insight into a digital future by an individual who has historically had his finger on the pulse.