The Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution is a hub for global, multistakeholder cooperation to develop policy frameworks and advance collaborations that accelerate the benefits of science and technology.
Emerging technologies inevitably have both merits and risks. The extent to which the benefits are maximized and risks mitigated depends on the quality of governance protocols – policies, norms, standards and incentives that shape the development and deployment of these technologies. The approach needs to be stable, interoperable, predictable and transparent enough to build confidence among investors, companies, scientists and the general public, but also agile enough to remain relevant in the face of rapid advances in technology.
Policy governing emerging technologies is currently piecemeal: some areas are regulated heavily, others hardly at all. Often, mechanisms allowing for policy-makers to interact with people at the cutting edge of research simply do not exist, as they intersect areas that present challenges for regulatory remit.
There is a need for a global and trusted space where the world’s leading technology companies, dynamic start-ups, policy-makers, international organizations, regulators, business organizations, academia and civil society can collaborate to develop the agile policy norms and partnerships needed to stimulate the enormous potential of science and technology, deliver rapid growth and generate sustainable, positive impact for all.
Drawing on the World Economic Forum’s global convening power and excellence in community creation and insight generation, the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco aims to accelerate cross-sector cooperation for Fourth Industrial Revolution governance. The Center focuses on developing, piloting and scaling agile and human-centered governance tools that that can be adopted by policy-makers, legislators and regulators around the world to address specific challenges related to emerging technologies.
Center Partners are an exclusive group of global companies with the scale and ambition to help chart Fourth Industrial Revolution governance. Partners play a core leadership role. They include: