World Economic Forum

Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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How can we maximize the benefits of science and technology for society? That's our mission. To achieve it, we’ve created a global hub of expertise, knowledge-sharing and collaboration, based in San Francisco.

We partner with governments, leading companies, civil society, and experts from around the world to co-design and pilot innovative new approaches to policy and governance in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Real-World Impact at the Speed of Now

We’re not just developing new ideas – we’re implementing them across the globe at the pace demanded by technological change.

Our approach

The Most Daunting Challenges of Our Generation

From artificial intelligence to precision medicine, we aim to unlock the potential of cutting edge technologies to transform society.

Our projects

Public-Private Cooperation for Global Impact

As a leader, expert or innovator, you may have great ideas for the Fourth Industrial Revolution governance. But you can’t make global change alone.

Our partners
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Industry Strategy Meeting 2017

Some 300 industry strategy officers convened at the Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, located at the Presidio of San Francisco, for a programme designed to build on the business community’s dialogue at the Annual Meeting in Davos and Forum Systems Initiatives, and focus on Creating Value in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Center Partners, Members and Associates

Our Partners
Center Partners are global companies with the scale and ambition to help chart Fourth Industrial Revolution governance. Partners play a core leadership role in co-designing Center project(s). They include:


ABB, Accenture, Kaiser Permanente, Microsoft Corporation, Palantir Technologies, SAP, Suntory Holdings Ltd.

American Heart Association, Baker & McKenzie, BBVA, Dignity Health, Huawei, IDEO, Reliance Industries, Sompo Holdings, Turkcell, Wipro

Our Associates
Center Associates are businesses that are regional or industry leaders and global organizations. Each is committed to engaging in one or more Center projects. They include:

Sberbank, Cyberdyne

Our Members
Center Members are world’s most impactful start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises. They are actively engaged in Forum efforts to advance global collaboration on the Fourth Industrial Revolution to benefit society. They include:

Averon, ConsenSys Door2Door, FiscalNote, Globality, Inc., Quid, Shanghai Liulishuo Information Technology, Sedicii, Spire Global, Storecoin, Synthace, Watersmarts


A Call for Innovators

We’re looking for experts at the intersection of technology and policy to help shape the future. See how we work and what opportunities are available.

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