The 4th Industrial Revolution & Ethics
What kind of future do we all want?
The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Wikipedia
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the fourth major industrial era since the initial Industrial Revolution of the 18th century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres, collectively referred to as cyber-physical systems. It is marked by emerging technology breakthroughs in a number of fields, including robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Blockchain, fifth-generation wireless technologies (5G), additive manufacturing/3D printing and fully autonomous vehicles.” Wikipedia.
The European Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) is registered in Belgium as an international non-governmental, non-profit, association (Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif). It is a federation of national women lawyers associations from amongst the European Union countries and those of EFTA countries. Members of EWLA are also individual women lawyers and academics from these countries. EWLA pursues the co-operation of European women lawyers, in order to combine their specific expertise in monitoring law and politics seen from the angle of fundamental rights, and in particular gender equality.
We pretend to tackle some of the ethical problems of the 4IR and to get an overview of its ethical challenges of AI, encryption and start-up finance. This applies in particular for females in these industries, from women lawyers, judges, attorneys-at-law, investors, bankers, portfolio managers, solicitors or civil servants. All industries are affected by industry 4.0. in particular science, finance, regtech, or startup industries. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is more than technology-driven change; it is a call to leaders, policy-makers and business leaders to harness converging technologies in order to create an inclusive, human-centered future. Our congress and our book (which will be published in sustainable finance series of the editorial Springer Palgrave) offer many use cases of proactive change agents and wants to offer solutions for the ethical challenges when implementing revolutionary disruptive products often eliminating the intermediary.
Education, training, agility and life-long learning is one of key solutions, highlighted in the congress and in the book. In particular the financial industry is challenged with these new business models.
We think that this topic can only be discussed with a very transversal perspective and we would like to publish the outcome of the congress.
From the very beginning on, we would like to involve as many stakeholders as possible as we think that a multistakeholder approach is the best way of covering all the different aspects within the 4R ethics and the EU gender equality acquis.