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Digital revolution exhibit at the Barbican Centre in London, 2014

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The fourth Industrial Revolution: Challenges and opportunities

Transformations around the world are fuelled in a large part by technology and advancements in science. From biotechnology in Asia to AI in Silicon Valley, to Blockchain and global supply chains, technologies are creating ripple effects that impact societies and their institutions and their economies. These technologies are likely to entirely transform the ways in which we live, work and interact with one another. Taking stock of these new technologies as well as their disruption potential is critical for all nations and especially emerging economies like India.

This event will examine the challenges and opportunities that are likely to arise as a result of the fourth Industrial Revolution.


Thomas D. Philbeck is Global Leadership Fellow and the project lead for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the World Economic Forum.

Samir Saran is Vice President of Observer Research Foundation.

Please note that this event is closed door. Participation is by invitation only.

Conference Hall, ORF New Delhi