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Davos 2024: Generative AI: Steam Engine of the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

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The development of generative AI has catapulted AI technology to one of the fastest and most impactful innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. From creation to production and distribution, some predict its effect on global value chains is analogous to the steam engines of the Industrial Revolution.

With added qualities of speed, and accessibility, what is the implication for industry worldwide and how do leaders manage its risks?

This is the full audio from a session at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2024 on January 16, 2024, linked to the AI Governance Alliance of the World Economic Forum.

Catch up on all the action from Davos at and across social media using the hashtag #WEF24.


Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist

Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, United Arab Emirates

Mike Rounds, Senator from South Dakota (R), United States Senate

Julie Sweet, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Accenture
Cristiano Amon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Qualcomm Incorporated

Cathy Li, Head, AI, Data and Metaverse; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

Arvind Krishna, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, IBM Corporation

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