Everyone who has studied history has learned about the Industrial Revolution. Beginning in the 19th century with the use of water and steam power, great strides in innovation have given the world’s population many life conveniences and life disadvantages. But, did you know the overall “industrial revolution” has been theorized to be three distinct industrial “revolutions” with a fourth being identified that has the potential to devastate the way of life we know? If you did, you are ahead of the curve; if not, it’s time to catch up.
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution” was a term coined by Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), which is under the United Nations. In a January 2016 piece by Schwab, appearing on the WEF website and printed in Foreign Affairs the same year, Schwab stated, “We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another”. Because of the scope, complexity and scale identified by Schwab, he predicted it would transform the humankind experience despite not knowing how this would unfold. Schwab indicated the response to this rapidly changing revolution “must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society”.
The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second used electric power to create mass production. The Third used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now a Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.
There are three reasons why today’s transformations represent not merely a prolongation of the Third Industrial Revolution but rather the arrival of a Fourth and distinct one: velocity, scope, and systems impact. The speed of current breakthroughs has no historical precedent. When compared with previous industrial revolutions, the Fourth is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace. Moreover, it is disrupting almost every industry in every country. And the breadth and depth of these changes herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance.
The key here is the last two sentences in the second paragraph. “…, it is disrupting almost every industry in every country” and “… these changes herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management and governance”. Where have we heard about “transforming” government and/or the “transformation” of America? Yes, it was during the reign of Hussein Soetoro, the Only. If one didn’t know who authored the piece and read those sentences quoted, one could be led to believe the author of “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” is voicing dissent and a warning; however, that would be incorrect.
The transformation of government has been experienced by all in the vast expansion of its surveillance mechanisms, data hoovering and mining operations, spying, and geo-location monitoring as well as eavesdropping on conversations and electronic communications monitoring. It has led to the “surveillance state” where any remnants of privacy are an illusion. This innovative technology has been weaponized, not only to combat the enemy, but to combat the innocent citizens of the country.
Schwab indicated in his piece that artificial intelligence (AI) is here with scientists making “impressive progress” in AI, which has been driven by exponential increases in computing power and the availability of vast amounts of data. “Digital fabrication technologies, meanwhile, are interacting with the biological world on a daily basis. Engineers, designers, and architects are combining computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering, and synthetic biology to pioneer a symbiosis between microorganisms, our bodies, the products we consume, and even the buildings we inhabit.”
Simply put, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is creating a relationship, if not a merging, between humans and technology that will benefit and enhance the parts into a better whole.
We have all benefitted from the digital technology of today. We have new products and services available at our fingertips that increased our efficiency and pleasure in our daily lives. It made communication easier and faster. Schwab claimed this technological innovation “will lead to a supply-side miracle, with long-term gains in efficiency and productivity”. And, we see that it has. But, with every advantage, there are always disadvantages.
He predicted that transportation and communication costs would decrease as well as making logistical and global supply chains more effective. Schwab surmised that trade costs would diminish and all gains in technology would lead to new markets and eventually drive economic growth. But, with these new gains comes pitfalls, as we have seen with the transformation of government from an entity created by the people to protect God-given individual unalienable rights to an entity that surveils the people in order to grease the military industrial complex, the scientific industrial complex, and keep unsavory individuals in positions of power.
This increase in technology and AI has led to more automation where production of goods is concerned. Industries that once needed scores of workers have substituted automation in place of human hands disrupting many livelihoods and lifestyles. In some cases, good and services became less expensive and more people could afford them. But many workers have not fully recovered and have become increasingly dissatisfied with the current norm. Economists Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee pointed out the displacement of workers by machines “might exacerbate the gap between returns to capital and returns to labor”. But Schwab theorized the opposite could occur – displacement of workers by technology could lead to an increase in safer and more rewarding jobs.
Yet, Schwab believed this “Fourth Industrial Revolution” would lead to the dissolution of the middle class.
However, I am convinced of one thing—that in the future, talent, more than capital, will represent the critical factor of production. This will give rise to a job market increasingly segregated into “low-skill/low-pay” and “high-skill/high-pay” segments, which in turn will lead to an increase in social tensions.
In addition to being a key economic concern, inequality represents the greatest societal concern associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The largest beneficiaries of innovation tend to be the providers of intellectual and physical capital—the innovators, shareholders, and investors—which explains the rising gap in wealth between those dependent on capital versus labor. Technology is therefore one of the main reasons why incomes have stagnated, or even decreased, for a majority of the population in high-income countries: the demand for highly skilled workers has increased while the demand for workers with less education and lower skills has decreased. The result is a job market with a strong demand at the high and low ends, but a hollowing out of the middle.
Remember, Schwab wrote this in 2016, and it has become the basic platform for the WEF COVID Action Platform.
Schwab conceded that the impact to government, as we are currently witnessing, would be innovative technology that would allow more control over the population, but government would face increasing pressure to adapt to these changes when it comes to public engagement and “policymaking”. He indicated that governments were having difficulty in 2016 and would have to evolve or face difficulties. And he concluded, governments were proving their inability to cope.
In whose opinion are government “proving their inability to cope”? There is nothing wrong with technological progress. But, when that technological progress results in a regression of society and culture to one of a more primitive nature, one has to question the actual “progress” technology has made and is making upon people. Look around at everyone who has a cellphone. Look at the government that is making more strides toward restricting freedoms than protecting those freedoms. Look at individuals who use anonymity on the internet to engage in bad behavior. For all the technological progress, the whole of society and the whole of government is in a regressive freefall.
In the end, it all comes down to people and values. We need to shape a future that works for all of us by putting people first and empowering them. In its most pessimistic, dehumanized form, the Fourth Industrial Revolution may indeed have the potential to “robotize” humanity and thus to deprive us of our heart and soul. But as a complement to the best parts of human nature—creativity, empathy, stewardship—it can also lift humanity into a new collective and moral consciousness based on a shared sense of destiny. It is incumbent on us all to make sure the latter prevails.
Schwab, as founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), is making sure the latter does not prevail as the WEF COVID-19 Plan appeared on the WEF website recently. This plan did not just begin when the COVID-19 hoax started. It has been years in the making, probably going back to 2016 with Schwab’s “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”. This WEF COVID plan brings together 35 multistakeholder projects, which takes years to develop. Moreover, this WEF plan leads to full on globalism, despite what Schwab supposedly warned could occur during the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. In fact, Schwab through the WEF is working to bring about the destruction he theorized in his paper. The technology that is the defining component of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” will be what destroys the rest of freedom and liberty through “robotizing” humanity, creating heartless, mindless, soulless drones. That is all technology can do when used nefariously.
The only way to gain the best parts of human nature is to turn toward God. The gifts He gives us leads to creativity, compassion, empathy, good stewardship, and love toward our fellow man for we first devote our heart, soul, and love to God and Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Our devotion and love for God, living for Him and keeping His laws and commandments lift humanity toward a moral consciousness. Keeping His laws and commandments mean we confront evil and drive it out. People are not drones and are not “collections”. Man is made in the image of God, and His image for His children did not include a cellphone glued to one hand, a bluetooth device in another, nor conceding work for automation. And, it certainly did not include the cowardice to bend a knee toward any type of government, much less a global one.
But, our sinful nature leads us to certain excesses and ways of thinking. As technology allows small outlets to reach more people, that same technology is taking away in another area. We get into a mindset of “if a little is good, a lot would be better.” Or, we come to think, “if we live and let live for those who engage in slight evil, that evil will be satisfied and leave us alone”. Or, we think “this little bit won’t hurt if it’s let slide or ignored”. It leads to a wrongful mindset and before long, more is being tolerated than should. We believe that certain technology is good so we look the other way when that technology we enjoy is being used nefariously. We become attached to our technology so instead of rejecting it when it is used against us, we decide to complain a bit, but still use that technology that only 25 or 30 years ago we survived without.
Now, we face the rise of globalism on an increasing exponential fast-track with the COVID-19 hoax as its catalyst and means to control the people. It didn’t have to be COVID-19; it could have been any type of pandemic or disaster. The plan was in place – waiting. The question is what to do about it now that it’s known.
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