[Humanist] 30.812 pubs: a fourth industrial revolution?
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Tue Mar 7 07:49:49 CET 2017
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 812.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 06:14:47 +0000
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: a fourth industrial revolution?
The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have
just published "The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Proceedings of a
Workshop -- in Brief" (8 pp), at http://tinyurl.com/hehxj84. The
following, with quotation from one Thomas Philbeck, is as follows:
> The first revolution was powered by steam and led to the spinning
> jenny and the railroad. The second was driven by a better
> understanding of electromagnetism and chemistry, which led to
> telegraphy, telephony, the light bulb, photography, the automobile,
> and flight through propulsion. The thirdâthe digital revolutionâis
> still developing in terms of increasing sophistication through
> ongoing development and miniaturization of computing components.
> âBuilding on the backbone of digital technologies and infrastructure,
> the emerging dynamics of the Fourth Industrial Revolution involve a
> convergence of technologies and disciplines, nonlinearity, and a
> re-emergence of digital into material and physical domains,â Philbeck
> said. âThese changes are having a multi-system impact. New
> technologiesâsuch as 3-D printing, bioprinting, artificial
> intelligence, blockchain, virtual reality, and augmented realityâare
> creating pressures and raising questions about how these technologies
> should be used.â
Historians of the Industrial Revolution, and those who study the
proliferation of revolutionary rhetoric please comment!
Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London; Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney
University and North Carolina State University; Editor,
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20)
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