Fourth Industrial Revolution

Dean Anuj Sharma, Chairman and President at “Canada Research Center for 4th Industrial Revolution” based in Canada participates in Risk Roundup to discuss “Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

Overview

Innovation is undoubtedly an important driver of economic growth.

Since the beginning of scientific revolution, science and technology innovations have always been the backbone of economic expansion across nations. From flying shuttles to the spinning jenny, the electric motor to the diesel engine and in recent times the internet, computing and communications technology along with blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, cloud computing, internet of things, drones,3D printing, robotics, big data, quantum computing; CRISPR technology, nanotechnology, nanosatellites, and more; each innovation is fundamentally transforming nations while ramping up the economic engine.

As witnessed across nations, this technological tsunami is on its way to fundamentally altering human life: the way we live, work, connect and communicate as individuals or entities across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA). The magnitude of this technology triggered transformation will be unlike anything humankind has ever experienced before. While we do not yet know just how this on-going technology transformation and revolution will unfold and what it will mean to be a human, one thing is clear: the security risks emerging from cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS) due to the rapid pace of the technology triggered transformation, revolution and evolution are becoming very complex.

So, the question is:

  • Are we in the middle of an industrial revolution?
  • Is this the 4th industrial revolution? Or are we witnessing human evolution?
  • How will this revolution and evolution impact each one of us, individually and collectively?
  • When we say 4th industrial revolution, what exactly do we mean?
  • Where is this fourth industrial revolution taking us?
  • Is the 4th industrial revolution about fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres? Or is the 4th Industrial Revolution about blurring lines of cyberspace, geospace and space? Or is this revolution about being human and human evolution?

Let us evaluate this further:

Converging Technologies

Irrespective of whether we are witnessing an era of biological engineering (bio economy), industrial age, space age or human age, one thing is clear the transformation is not happening because of any single technology, but rather many technologies and its convergence.

When we evaluate the revolution and evolution brought on by the converging technologies, it seems technology triggered revolution is evolving at an exponential rate and is disrupting nations: its governments, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA). So, the question is whether this technological tsunami is overwhelming the systems at all levels; local, national, global; and impacting the very survival and sustainability of humanity.

Let us evaluate this further.

  • What role human connectivity is playing in driving this revolution?
  • Where is this connectivity taking us individually and collectively?
  • How is it impacting nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA)?
  • What role is changing decision making system playing in this on-going revolution?
  • Where is this revolution taking us?
  • What impact will it have on individuals’ quality of life?
  • Which technologies are playing a defining disruptive role?

Being Human

In this on-going revolution, we, the humans are facing a range of new technologies that connects and integrates not only cyberspace, geospace and space, but also individuals and entities across NGIOA. There is no doubt that these converging technologies are impacting individuals and entities across NGIOA, and is even challenging our very idea about what it means to be human. It is important that we evaluate this further.

  • What would it mean to be human in the coming years?
  • Are we, the humans ready for what is coming our way?
  • How will we individually and collectively shape the future for humanity in cyberspace, geospace and space?

Challenges

It is important that we evaluate the complex challenges coming our way.

  • What obstacles / challenges are emerging?
  • Will we able to secure benefit for everyone?
  • How is this changing the very game of security?
  • What security risks are emerging?

Conclusion

The decisions we take today will determine how this on-going technology transformation, revolution and evolution will not only shape humanity, but define and determine the very meaning of being a human. We at Risk Group call attention to risks impacting humanity at all levels. By identifying the problem and raising awareness for it, we take the first step in beginning to address it. Time is now to talk about risks emerging from the on-going industrial revolution!


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About the Guest

Dean Anuj Sharma, is the Chairman and President at “Canada Research Center for 4th Industrial Revolution”. He is based in Canada.

About the Host of Risk Roundup
Jayshree Pandya (née Bhatt) is a visionary leader, who is working passionately with imagination, insight and boldness to achieve Global Peace through Risk Management. It is her strong belief that collaboration within, between and across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) will be mutually beneficial to all—for not only in the identification and understanding of critical risks facing one nation, but also for managing the interconnected and interdependent risks facing all nations. She calls on nations to build a shared sense of identity and purpose, for how the Security Centric Integrated Cyberspace, Geospace and Space Risk Management framework is structured will determine the survival and success of nations in the Digital Global Age. She sees the big picture, thinks strategically and works with the power of intentionality and alignment for a higher purpose—for her eyes are not just on the near at hand but on the future of humanity!

At Risk Group, Jayshree is driving the thought leadership on “Strategic Security Risk Intelligence”! She believes that Cyberspace, Geospace or Space (CGS) cannot be secured if NGIOA works in silo within and across its geographical boundaries. As security requires an integrated NGIOA approach with a common language, she has recently launched Cyber-Security, Geo-Security and Space- Security Risk Research Centers that will merge the boundaries of Geo-Security, Cyber-Security and Space-Security.

In 2015, Jayshree launched “Risk Roundup” an Integrated Cyber-Security, Geo-Security and Space-Security Risk Dialogue. Risk Roundup Webcast/Podcast are available on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Risk Group website, and professional social media.

Jayshree’s inaugural book, The Global Age: NGIOA @ Risk, was published by Springer in 2012.

About Risk Roundup

Risk Roundup: Webcast/Podcast, a global initiative launched by Risk Group, is an integrated cyberspace, geospace, and space (CGS) security risk dialogue for individuals and entities across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA). Risk Roundup is directly trying to promote and enhance CGS risk intelligence by collective participation of decision makers from across NGIOA.

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Risk Group is an integrated cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS) security risk research organization. Risk Group is on a mission to epitomize collective risk intelligence of nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) as the synergistic intersection among independent as well as interconnected and interdependent CGS security risks to help achieve an effective process for better collective security risk intelligence, management and governance than silo and fragmented security risk approach that we have across nations today. Risk Group is determined to engage the collective NGIOA risk intelligence capability to manage CGS security risks—risks impacting individuals and entities across NGIOA. Having a collective NGIOA risk intelligence capability will be transformative for not only achieving CGS security but also global peace.

Risk Group believes that risk management, security and peace walk together hand in hand. Though security is related to management of threats and peace to the management of conflict, risk management is related to management of security vulnerabilities as well as management of conflict, and it is not possible to conceive any one of the three without the existence of the other two. All three concepts feed into each other. Risk Group believes that the security we build for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for everyone across nations. Tradition becomes our security-so if we build a culture of managing risks effectively it will lead us to security and security will lead us to peace!

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