The Centre 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 the risks mitigated depends on the quality of governance protocols – policies, norms, standards and incentives that shape the development and deployment of technologies. Governance must 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 for policy-makers to interact with people at the cutting edge of research simply do not exist.
There is a need for a global and trusted space where 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, community creation and insight generation, the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco aims to accelerate cross-sector cooperation for Fourth Industrial Revolution governance. The Centre will develop, pilot and scale agile and human-centred governance tools that can be adopted by policy-makers, legislators and regulators worldwide to address challenges related to emerging technologies.
The Centre is co-designing and piloting policy frameworks and governance protocols across six areas of focus. Learn more. To help companies and governments accelerate the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Forum also has projects dedicated to Precision Medicine, Digital Trade and Fourth Industrial Revolution for the Earth.
Our Business Partners
Centre 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 Centre portoflio(s). They include:
ABB, Accenture, AIFC, Cognite, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Eisai, Hitachi, Kaiser Permanente, Koç Holding, Latham & Watkins, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft Corporation, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation, Mori Building, NEC Corporation, Palantir Technologies, PingAn Technology, Roland Berger, SAP, Saudi Aramco, Sompo Holdings, Splunk, Inc., Suntory Holdings Ltd., Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Visa Inc.
Amazon Web Services,American Heart Association, Baker McKenzie, BBVA, Cyberdyne, Dignity Health, DJI, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, HORIBA, Huawei, Hyundai Motor Company, IBM Corporation, IDEO, JD.com, Netflix, NTT Corporation, S&P Global, Sberbank, Uber, Vara Technology, Wipro
Our Government Partners and International Organizations
Working with governments to test and scale the projects developed in the Centre Network is key to achieving impact. Local, sub-national and national governments as well as international institutions from around the world are sending fellows to imbed into project teams for 12 to 18 months. Fellows act as a bridge to their governments, to help co-design new policy frameworks to be piloted in their home countries.
Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, India, Inter-American Development Bank, Kazakhstan, National Governors Association (USA), Japan, New Zealand, OHCHR, Rwanda, San Francisco, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, State of Maharashtra, State of Andhra Pradesh, Turkey, UNICEF, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Viet Nam and WFP.
Centre 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:
1928 Diagnostics, 7 Cups, Agrosmart SA, A.I.C.D. , AirMap, Airobotics, Airtable, Alesca Life, Alto Data Analytics, Apeel Sciences, Applied Brain Research, Arcadia Power, Autogrid, Aqua Security Software, Armis, Avellino Labs, Averon, Beijing Infervision Technology Co. Ltd., Best Practice Artificial Intelligence Ltd, BenevolentAI, Bestmile, BigID, BitPesa, Bitfury, Black Bear Carbon, Blue Vision Labs, Bright Machines, BrightHive, BTC Africa, Cadenza Innovation, Callsign, CarePay, Casetext, Citrine Informatics, Code.org, Coeo Labs, CognitiveScale, Cohesity, Color Genomics, ConsenSys, Congenica, CUJO AI, Culture Trip, Curl Analytics, CyberCube, DabaDoc, DataProphet, Deepen, Delair, Deposit Solutions, Descartes Labs, Diginex, Divitel, Door2Door, Dorabot, Drishti, Drive.ai, EdgeMakers, EHang Intelligent Technology, Element AI, Everledger, EVRYTHNG, Eureka, Faethm Pty Ltd, Fetch Robotics, Fluxus LLC, Formlabs, FiscalNote, FoundersLane, Full Harvest, Gamalon, Garrison, GHGSat, goTenna, Green Plataforms, GreenCom Networks AG, Grid Singularity, Guangzhishu Technology, H55 S.A. Inc., Holmusk, Homoola, Horizon State, Humanising Autonomy, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Innoviz Technologies, ICEYE, ImpactVision, Inari Agriculture, Integral Petroleum, Intertrust Technologies Corporation, Inveox GmbH, Juvo, Kinetica DB Inc., KONUX, LCX, Lemonade, LLamasoft, Luminance Technologies, LunaPBC, LYNK, Malong Technologies, Mammoth Biosciences, Marinus Analytics, Marstone, ME SOLshare, Melonport, MeMed Diagnostics, MetricStream, Microvi, MIZA, Modern Meadow, MyCrop Technologies, Narrative Science, Ningbo My-BioMed Biotechnology, Noodle AI, Omada Health, One Concern, Oneshape, OnlinePajak, Open Mineral, Openwater, Orbs Ltd, Ovamba Solutions, Parsable, Peloton Technology, Perceptive Automata, Petuum, Photanol, Plataforma Verde, Plenty, Precognize, Primer, Privitar, Pymetrics, QEDIT, Quantela, Quid, QuintessenceLabs, Raycatch, Relativity Space, Remitly, Regetti Computing, Seismic, Shape Security, Skills Matter Ltd., Skuchain, Sky Labs, SocialCops, Soft Robotics, Soul Machines, Spring Health, Starsky Robotics, Suade Labs, Superflex, Synthace, The Narrativ Company, ThoughtSpot, TIPA, Tookitaki, Traconomy, Tradeshift, Truepic, TT Consultants (XLPAT), Tulip Interfaces, uBiome, Utilis, Vayyar, Via Verde, Vineti, Volocopter, Water-gen, Waystocap, Waystocap, Wefox Group, XAG Co. Ltd, XM Cyber, Zipline International