This is episode 1 in a 10-part podcast series that will introduce listeners to the thinkers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who are already spotting the risks ahead, and seeking to guide humanity towards the land of ease and plenty that some believe is now within reach.

Episode 1 - What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

New episodes will be published every Tuesday from January 23, 2018 through March 6 on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud.

Humanity is embarking on an age of technological change more profound than any before it. With history as our guide, we know that massive social change will follow in its wake. Acting now, we have an opportunity to shape this vastly complex process and guide its outcomes for the better. All revolutions produce winners and losers, but can we ensure there are more of the former than the latter? This podcast series will introduce listeners to the thinkers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who are already spotting the risks ahead, and seeking to guide humanity towards the land of ease and plenty that some believe is now within reach.

In episode one of ‘Shaping the Industrial Revolution’, we introduce the framework and look at some of the best, and worst, outcomes possible, with Geoff Mulgan, Director of the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts; Jane Humphries, Professor of Economic History at All Souls College, Oxford; Gerd Leonhard, futurist and author of ‘Technology versus Human’; and Bob Hirst, General Editor of the Mark Twain Project and curator of the Mark Twain papers at Berkeley.