The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Time:  9/9/2020 18:00-19:30pm PDT (Wed)
Venue: Online Event
Registration: Click Here


Advances in information technologies and artificial intelligence are combining with advances in
the biological sciences—including genetics, neuroscience, synthetic biology—as well as
advances in the physical sciences to create breathtaking synergies, now recognized as the Fourth
Industrial Revolution. It is the fusion of digital, physical, and biological worlds.
 The Fourth Industrial Revolution will profoundly affect our lives and reshape our economic,
social, cultural, and human environments.
It will bring new solutions to global challenges, and new employment opportunities for jobs that
have yet to be invented.
Yet the 4th IR could also lead to greater inequality, particularly in its potential to disrupt labor
markets.  It’s beyond doubt that education is at the heart of preparing present and future
generations to thrive.
This webinar will cover:

  • What is the 4th Industrial Revolution (IR4.0), benefits of IR4.0, impacts on society.
  • Characteristics, and key technologies under IR4.0
  • How will the Fourth Industrial Revolution affect the future of work, and what are the New Skills competencies (21st Century Skills) needed to handle the technologies and jobs in IR4.0

Speaker Bio:
Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of
Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation
industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management
positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, and Cadence Design Systems.
Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and
holds eight software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical
Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.
Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits
and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter.
Dr. Kao teaches Clean Technology, Emerging Technologies and Business Sustainability courses
at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension.
Dr. Kao current interests are the latest Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology,
Renewable Energy, Big Data, IoT, 5G, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, AR/VR,
Robotics, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning and 3D Printing. He frequently presents and
discusses the above topics in a monthly seminar series.

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