We are living in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution which has been causing significant disruptions in many fronts while offering potential solutions for a broad area of life. New technological innovations are constantly born and implemented with unprecedented speed and scale while altering the lives of people, businesses, governments and regulators. These large-scale transformations for economies and societies are ongoing and it is expected that humanity will experience more progress in the coming decade than in the past century combined. This progress however is not guaranteed to be even, sustainable and inclusive. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis have created additional challenges that we must tackle. For shared prosperity the potential benefits of technologies must be well understood and leveraged.
This course introduces four of the most impactful digital technologies with the biggest potential to improve our accelerating world, namely Artificial Intelligence (AI); blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies; robotics and automation; and the Internet of Things (IoT). It aims at explaining to a broad audience of curious minds why and how these digital technologies have unprecedented impact in our societies. During the 4-week course you will listen to and interact with well-known experts, you will explore the different technological innovations and their applications via inspiring case studies, stories and practical examples. You will also have the opportunity to assess the potential impact of one of these digital technologies on your own area of life/work.