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The fourth industrial revolution is transforming the global economy and shining a light on several yawning dichotomies: hope versus fear, the haves versus the have nots, and “digital dividends” versus “digital divides.” These issues fueled a lively debate for a stellar panel of guests at 2016’s World Economic Forum. getAbstract recommends the experts’ optimistic – though meandering – discussion to the world’s government, corporate and NGO leaders.

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Andrew Sorkin is a New York Times columnist. Paul Kagame is the president of Rwanda. Satya Nadella is CEO of Microsoft. Sheryl Sandberg is COO of Facebook. Anand Mahindra is the chairman of Mahindra Group. Zachary Bookman is the CEO of OpenGov, which offers technology solutions to local governments.

 

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The fourth industrial revolution is transforming the economy, society and “the very essence of human nature.” Critics fear the changes will eliminate jobs and raise inequality. Yet some global corporate and government leaders are confident that, with effort, the fourth industrial revolution can foster a “digital dividend” that creates jobs, elevates productivity, increases government transparency and prompts greater equality for women, among other benefits, rather than a “digital divide” that exacerbates disparities. Ensuring a fair distribution of any “economic surplus” generated will require extending Internet connectivity to the four billion people who...


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