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There is no such thing as a fourth industrial revolution
by David Edgerton
About this EXP
David Edgerton, Hans Rausing Professor of the History of Science and Technology at King’s College London, discusses the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
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Key point 1
The “fourth industrial revolution” is supposed to be about eliminating humans from the workplace by artificially intelligent computers.
Key point 2
Concepts like the fourth industrial revolution are, in fact, decades-old, as are the examples that are used to support the argument.
Key point 3
These concepts of industrial and technological revolutions are propagandist visions, based neither on profound research nor on knowledge of the world.
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