An urgent need for public-private collaboration
The world is experiencing the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in which data has arguably become the world’s most valuable resource. In this context, technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, drones, gene editing and the internet of things could lift communities out of poverty, cure diseases and restore balance to our oceans and natural ecosystems. Or, they could exacerbate economic inequality, job displacement, environmental degradation and societal tensions. Public-private collaboration is key to making the right choices for future generations.Governments must contend with stewarding rapid technological advances. Companies must contend with the societal impact of their innovations. Both must address an urgent need for a faster, more agile approach to governing emerging technologies and the business models they enable. They must also face a broad range of security issues. From Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation to the G20’s Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT) framework, leaders are navigating an increasingly complex patchwork of global policies rife with uncertainty. Collaboration is key to setting the right future course.
The Forum will convene 400 leaders from across its stakeholder communities around the world, including:
–Industry leaders from the most influential corporations developing and deploying Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies
–Government leaders directing the world’s most forward-leaning efforts to govern emerging technologies at the global, regional and national levels
–Technology innovators building cutting-edge start-ups and pushing the boundaries of new technologies San Francisco, USA 21-22 April