The Fourth Industrial Revolution
The fourth industrial revolution is powered by the cloud, social media, mobile computing, the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), along with increased computing power and data. For business leaders in the Middle East, the digital transformation that characterises 4IR is the greatest opportunity they face.
This event summary paper reviews and presents content highlights from an executive roundtable debate held in Dubai by The Economist Corporate Network (ECN) and commissioned by Cisco on 29 April 2019. The event focused on three areas of potential impact: economic growth, innovation and the future of work. Using that basic framework, we conducted a moderated discussion with organisational leaders who represented a wide range of industries. The paper ties together key parts of varied opinions expressed during the exchange while interweaving analysis from The Economist Intelligence Unit.