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Centre aims to spread tech benefits

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Its mission is to accelerate the deployment of technology and science for positive impact on individuals and society

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Based in San Francisco, the centre aims to accelerate the deployment of technology
Based in San Francisco, the centre aims to accelerate the deployment of technology

The World Economic Forum has taken the wraps of its new Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

 

Based in in the heart of San Francisco’s Silicon Valley, its aim is to accelerate the deployment of technology and science for positive impact, while minimising their downside risks.

 

The centre will convene start-ups, venture capitalists, leading companies, experts, academics, NGOs and governments to discuss how science and technology policies can benefit individuals and society.

 

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is reshaping industries, challenging existing regulatory frameworks and redefining what it means to be a human,” said Murat Sönmez, member of the World Economic Forum managing board and head of the new centre.

 

“We need to urgently develop policy norms and frameworks and apply these innovations to ensure their benefits affect us all. This is the purpose of the centre and its work starts today.”

 

Among the topics the centre will address are jobs of the future, artificial intelligence and ethics, Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), cross-border data flows, civil drones, autonomous vehicles and the environmental commons.

 

The centre is set up by the World Economic Forum with support from its inaugural partners Salesforce, Kaiser Permanente, Microsoft, Palantir, SAP, Huawei, IDEO, Reliance Industries and Turkcell among others.

 

“Technology companies cannot do their work in isolation. We must be aware of the effects our innovations have on societies and the environment as a whole,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive officer, Salesforce.

 

“This global centre will allow us to much better understand the impact we have on society and the positive role we can play.”

 

Benioff will serve as the inaugural chair of the centre’s advisory board.

 

 

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