With a theme as promising as ‘mastering the fourth industrial revolution’, there’s no doubt that the four-day-long World Economic Forum (WEF) 2016 will be one of the most intriguing yet.
The annual invitation-only summit, held at Davos in Switzerland, sees a wide array of CEOs, politicians, the media, and many others come together to discuss some of the issues surrounding the world today. A whole host of popular and leading figures will get together to attend this year’s event, including Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, to discuss everything from global warming to commercial lending rates.
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One of the most interesting debates set to take place at this year’s event is that of the rise of intelligent machines. Tying in nicely with the meeting’s theme, this topic of debate will tackle the recent rise in the standard of artificial intelligence, as well as how it will affect industry and society. Another industrial revolution could see a threat to the number of jobs available to people, with some experts claiming that one in two jobs could eventually be taken by intelligent automation. With more than seven million jobs being at risk even in some of the world’s largest economies over the next five years, this could transpire to be a rather unsettling debate. As well as the financial and industrial implications, attendees will discuss the probability of robots being used during conflicts and wars, and the implications if the aforementioned does occur.
With dozens of other subjects set to be discussed and debated, including turbulent lending rates and the stock market turmoil, there’s no doubt that this year’s gathering is going to be an interesting one.