Hyderabad selected to host WEF Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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The World Economic Forum (WEF) has chosen Hyderabad to set up its Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution focused on healthcare and life sciences.

An overview of the news

  • The announcement was made after the Telangana government and the World Economic Forum signed a cooperation agreement during the Forum's annual meeting in Davos recently.

  • The collaboration agreement was signed by Jeremy Jurgens, Managing Director, WEF and Sakthi Nagappan, Chief Executive Officer, Telangana Life Sciences Foundation.

  • Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) Telangana will be an autonomous, non-profit organisation that will focus on healthcare and life sciences.

  • C4IR is the 18th centre to join the 4th Industrial Revolution Network of Telangana Forum, which is spread across four continents.

What is the fourth industrial revolution?

  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a fundamental change in the way we live, work and connect with each other.

  • It is a new chapter in human development, enabled by an extraordinary technological advance commensurate with the First, Second and Third Industrial Revolutions.

  • The key technologies involved are cloud computing, big data, cyber security, simulation, additive manufacturing and Internet of Things (IoT).

Other industrial revolution

  • First Industrial Revolution (in the 1800s): Water and steam power were used to mechanize production. An example of this is the steam engine.

  • Second Industrial Revolution (early 1900s): It used electricity for mass production. Electricity is an example of this.

  • Third Industrial Revolution (late 1900s): Electronics and information technology were used to automate production. Computers and the Internet are examples of this.

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