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The 4th Industrial Revolution

Over the next two decades, robotics, 3-D printing, automation, the Internet of Things and other related technologies will radically change the way economies behave — just as the advent of manufacturing did centuries ago. But the efficiencies these technological advances create can also unbalance the labor pool, leading to increased unemployment in populations that fail to adapt. This could leave many low-skilled workers without jobs, creating political unrest in certain countries. The fourth industrial revolution will also deny, to some degree, developing countries the opportunity of using cheap manufacturing as a vehicle to economic prosperity.

Over the next two decades, robotics, 3-D printing, automation, the Internet of Things and other related technologies will radically change the way economies behave — just as the advent of manufacturing did centuries ago.
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