Industrial Revolution 4.0, Tech Giants, and Digitized Societies

Authors: Lim, Tai Wei

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  • Provides a balanced and global introduction to the digital revolution, through key cases studies across the US, Europe and Asia
  • Highlights how transformative technologies from the steam engine to artificial intelligence continue to radically affect key areas of human life 
  • Comes with a Q&A testbank and practical guidance on the key skills required to succeed in the 21st century workplace
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Industry 4.0 explores the emergence of disruptive digital technologies such as robotics, blockchain, nanotechnology and 3D printing and their impact on human lives and jobs in globalized 21st century societies. Incorporating a cutting edge area studies perspective, it considers the challenges and long term implications of the rise of ‘Tech Giants’ such as Alibaba, Google and Baidu through the lens of past industrial revolutions, looking back at the transformative technologies and industrial developments - the steam engine, electrification, telegraph, mass production, and the rise of digital technology - upon which the modern world was built. It investigates the mirror profiles of the world’s largest tech companies in the US and China (Baidu and Google, Alibaba and Amazon, Wechat and Facebook) and provides a unique comparison of Tech Giants with 19th century colonial empires and monopolistic trading companies in terms of political-economic dominance. A key tool for instructors and students focused on courses on Technological History, Digital Technology and Cultures, New Media, Digital Ethics and China studies, this book provides practical guidance on how readers can equip themselves to face key workplace and societal challenges in a virtually interconnected world shaped by Tech Giant monopoly.

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Tai Wei Lim is Senior Lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences, Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore and Visiting Lecturer at Waseda University of Tokyo, Japan. Dr Lim graduated from Cornell University and NUS in History and Japanese Studies, and has worked in various positions at NUS, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Singapore Institute of Management. Lim is a historian by training and also an area study specialist (on contemporary China and Japan). Lim is a historian by training and also an area study specialist (on contemporary China and Japan), and he combines teaching across World history, Energy and environment histories, (North) East Asian history, East Asian studies (Japan and China), Japanese studies, contemporary China studies with a policy research portfolio focused on contemporary developments in Japan, Hong Kong and China.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

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eBook $54.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Industrial Revolution 4.0, Tech Giants, and Digitized Societies
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-7470-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-7470-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-7469-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 201
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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