Future Preparation

Industry 4.0 on exhibit in Japan

By Kate Pavao

Summer 2018

Technologies such as machine learning and sensors are ushering in Industry 4.0. To create good policy and encourage collaboration, the World Economic Forum will open a Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Japan on July 2, its first expansion outside the United States. “Japan has the third-largest economy in the world and has the opportunity to create this infrastructure, the operating system, and data policies to not only improve the lives of its citizens but create an opportunity for a lot of innovation to happen, for startups to come here to launch,” says Murat Sönmez, head of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network.

Industry 4.0

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