In the eight issues of Beyond Imagining that have preceded this one, we have defined the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) several times.
4IR, we’ve said, is the coming together of technologies that blur the lines between the physical, the digital and the biological. These technologies include artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, big data, the internet of things, and the cloud, among others.
For most of us, though, these terms and the phenomenon they describe can feel rather abstract. We know that 4IR is part of the world around us and, at times, we see it in action, but we’re only occasionally aware of how it affects us personally.
This time, we’re asking how 4IR impacts who you are. How does it mould your identity? How does it affect your relationships, your work, your home? How does this powerful global movement play out in the more private aspects of your life?
Let’s take a look.