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What you'll get
- 1.5 hours of audio lessons
Everything you need to know to prepare for this revolution.
- Technology primer
Make sense of new technology and understand its place in your world.
- Historical framework
Put the revolution in context to better understand what’s next.
Experts in this course
- Dr. Jonathan ReichentalDr. Jonathan Reichental is a multiple award-winning technology and business leader whose career has spanned both the private and public sectors. He’s been a senior software engineering manager, a director of technology and innovation, and has served as Chief Information Officer at both O’Reilly Media and the City of Palo Alto, California. He’s currently the CEO of Human Future and a professor at several universities, including the University of San Francisco.
- 01IntroductionMeet your host, Dr. Jonathan Reichental, and begin to prepare for the future.Dr. Reichental shares what you will learn and why understanding this revolution will help prepare you for the future.
- 02The Industrial RevolutionsLearn that we must understand the past in order to understand the future.In this lesson, we’ll explore the three industrial revolutions that spanned from the 1700s to today. These revolutions created the world in which we now live and set the stage for the future. By understanding these revolutions and their impact on humanity, you will better comprehend the possibilities and impact of a Fourth Industrial Revolution.
- 03What’s the Fourth Industrial Revolution?This lesson provides the details of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.In this lesson, Dr. Jonathan Reichental defines the Fourth Industrial Revolution and why it matters. You’ll receive a high-level overview of the revolutions’ essential characteristics, including:
- Rapid technological and societal change
- Innovative leaps in hardware and software
- The construction of new cyber-physical systems
- 04Velocity, scope, and impactLet’s take a look at three of the four core dimensions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.Some people will argue that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is still the Third Industrial Revolution. By understanding the role of velocity, scope, impact, and convergence, you’ll quickly learn that this revolution is unlike anything that has come before it. This revolution will change the world in a way that will make it unrecognizable in a few short decades.
- 05ConvergenceThe fourth of the core dimensions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is convergence.In this lesson, we’ll delve deep into this essential dimension. We’ll explore why the convergence of many technologies will likely bring about the biggest breakthroughs.
- 06Artificial intelligenceExplore the ripple effects that artificial intelligence might have on your future.Artificial intelligence (AI) has the capacity to be transformative to humanity. Today, it is still in its infancy, but its potential is becoming clear and the opportunities and challenges will transform our everyday lives. This lesson will answer:
- What is AI?
- How will AI change the way we live?
- What are the risks and opportunities in the age of AI?
- 07Big dataLearn why harnessing big data will be essential to thriving in the fourth industrial revolution.The volume, velocity, and variety of data that is created every minute is powering new solutions around the world. Understanding how to leverage data has become a 21st century core competency. This lesson will discuss:
- What is big data?
- What are the 3 V’s?
- 08Cloud computingUnderstand cloud computing’s three most popular forms.In the last few years, a new style of computing has emerged. Cloud computing is changing the way almost every organization operates and how they deliver products and services. It’s also creating new innovation and powering a digital transformation. This lesson will cover:
- The scope of cloud computing
- Types of cloud computing
- Challenges of cloud computing
- 09Blockchain, AVs, and IoTLearn how these emerging technologies are changing the way we live and do business.A set of game-changing technologies and solutions are gradually rising that have the potential to be highly disruptive across society. Blockchain, autonomous vehicles, and the Internet-of-Things are massively important in how the next few decades will unfold and be designed. In this lesson, we’ll discuss:
- What is Blockchain?
- The history of autonomous vehicles
- What is the Internet-of-Things?
- Applications of IoT
- 10Quantum computingUnderstand how quantum computing will revolutionize hardware and software.Quantum computing may ultimately prove to be the most disruptive of all other emerging technologies. Particularly in a converged world, quantum computing will enable humanity to solve problems and create solutions that are barely thinkable today. The world's technology stack may need to be replaced over the next few decades if the potential of quantum computing comes to pass. This lesson will answer:
- What is quantum computing?
- How is it different from computing today?
- What opportunities does quantum computing offer?
- 11Non-technological shiftsIn this lesson, we’ll explore the non-technological shifts expected in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.The major changes that we face ahead, while greatly driven by technological progress, are not just about technology. Changing demographics, a climate in crisis, evolving customer expectations, the transformation of work, and more, are all contributing to disruption and new demands and behaviors.
- 12What does this mean to you?Let’s get personal and look at what the Fourth Industrial Revolution may mean to you.This is not a time to be an observer. It’s a time to recognize that the transformations ahead will directly impact you, your family, your friends, and your community. We’ll investigate whether the Fourth Industrial Revolution will create new work opportunities or displace millions of workers — and what these impacts may look and feel like.
- 13What can you do next?What steps should you take to prepare and thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution?In this final lesson, we’ll get down to brass tacks. We will explore a number of suggestions that you can consider for next steps, including:
- Expanding your network
- Furthering your education
- Studying additional resources