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Introducing The Golden Age of Innovation

By all accounts, we are entering the Golden Age of Innovation, which many are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Some of the early innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are visible in consumer and personal use cases, such as gaming, shopping, and entertainment. But the vast majority of these innovations—like software, Artificial Intelligence (AI), medicine, robotics, and transportation—have yet to impact society or productivity. When they do, their effects will be exponential and staggering.

All industries will be transformed over the next 10 to 20 years by technology. These transformations will affect us as individuals, as a society, as businesses and governments, and will change how we live, work, govern, keep the peace, and wage wars.

My recent book, The Golden Age of Innovation, describes the impact of this technology-driven revolution, exploring the opportunities it presents and the risks we face as it unfolds. I’m pleased to kick off a new blog series based on this book.

In this series, I will continue my exploration of digital transformation with a collection of topics addressing the radical impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution—from disintermediation to the subscription economy, automation, and the “Digital Self.”

I invite you to follow the series, and together, we’ll discuss these topics in more detail:

  1. Is the Microphone Working?
  2. Revolutions. Industrial or Otherwise
  3. The Fourth Industrial Revolution
  4. The Impact on Business
  5. New Business Models Emerge
  6. Industries are Transformed
  7. New Skills are Required
  8. The Rise of the Machine
  9. The Impact on the Person
  10. The Digital Self
  11. The Impact on Government
  12. How Will We Measure the Golden Age?

To read more, download The Golden Age of Innovation.

I’ll be taking this message on the road for the Innovation Tour and Enterprise World. Learn more.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. To provide feedback, or if you would like to see additional topics covered in future publications, please add your comment below.

Mark Barrenechea

Mark J. Barrenechea is OpenText's CEO & CTO. A prominent thought leader, he has extensive experience in information technology and his vision is to enable the digital world to help transform organizations.

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