Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Mike Bechtel

Managing Director and Chief Futurist, US Consulting, Deloitte

Ruth Hickin

Strategy & Impact Lead, World Economic Forum


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These three types of trendlines broadly characterize virtually any natural, social or technological trend. Image: Source: Deloitte Analysis

Relatively non-controversial probabilities can be predicted with an understanding of previous trends. Image: Source: Deloitte Analysis
As available data increases, a single 'general relativity' model accounting for all future projections becomes an impossibility. Image: Source: Deloitte Analysis
Rather than attempt to see a single holistic future, we can apply a filter to focus attention on a subset of trends. Image: Source: Deloitte Analysis

The history of information technology has been a story of progress along these enduring layers: interaction, information and computation. This story will likely continue. Image: Source: Deloitte Analysis

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