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The Promise and Peril of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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ACSMP presents the 2018 Mitsubishi Minerals Sustainability Lecture and Cocktail Function.

This year's lecture will be presented by Nicholas Davis, Head of Society and Innovation and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.

The lecture will explore the promise and peril of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and how we might realise the benefits of sustainable, responsible and human-centred innovation. True to these values, Nicholas will appear virtually from his office at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.

The lecture will run for about 1.5 hours and includes a Q&A session with Nicholas, after which will be a ticketed cocktail reception and networking function, showcasing the work of UNSW’s current Mining Engineering students. Nicholas will be available to meet with reception attendees via FaceTime.

5.30pm Doors open
6.00pm Lecture and Q & A
7.30pm Cocktail reception and networking
9.00pm Close

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The Promise and Peril of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a concept that puts people at the heart of efforts to understand the impact of accelerating technological innovation, driven by converging breakthroughs across the digital, physical and biological realms. The ongoing revolution is not confined to social networks or scientific research: it is radically reshaping the daily experience and long-term agenda for industries, governments, civil society and the international community.

As the technologies, business models and governance of the Fourth Industrial Revolution transform the way that value is created and distributed, they can also help us rethink our approaches to environmental governance and offer new solutions to challenges related to sustainability. These range from AI systems that dramatically increase energy efficiency, all the way to schemes which seek to reconfigure the incentives and systems of material flow towards circular models of production and consumption. Innovation across these domains – and social acceptance of new systems – is desperately needed in a context where earth systems are under mounting pressure, and where resource demands are predicted to almost triple by 2050 to 180 billion tonnes annually (IRP, 2016).

Yet these opportunities must be tempered with caution, as transformative technologies shift power in unexpected ways, profoundly alter our relationship with one another and change our perception of the world around us.

This talk will explore the promise and peril of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and how we might realise the benefits of sustainable, responsible and human-centred innovation.




About Nicholas Davis

Nicholas Davis is Head of Society and Innovation and a member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Nick leads the Forum’s work on “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”, focusing on how emerging technologies are disrupting industries, labour markets, societies and governments, and how technology can be used to empower communities to create a human-centred future. Nick is also responsible for the Forum’s global NGO, labour and faith communities. With Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, he is the co-author of Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution, published in January 2018.

Originally from Sydney, and previously a commercial lawyer, Director at Oxford Investment Research and the World Economic Forum’s Head of Europe, Nick is a Certified Professional Facilitator and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) in the UK. He sits on the board of the IMP3rove European Innovation Management Academy and is an Associate Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oxford.




About the Annual Mitsubishi Minerals Sustainability Lecture

The Lecture acknowledges the support of Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd to mining education. Mitsubishi Development is supporting minerals tertiary education at UNSW through a range of initiatives that include undergraduate scholarships and an annual public lecture on a topical aspect of mining and support for educational infrastructure in the School.

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