The Fourth Industrial Revolution And Fundamentalism-An Unpublished Op-ed

What makes Islamic fundamentalism unsuitable for the 21st century? I’m not talking about extremism but instead, I’m referring to peaceful individuals who believe the structure of institutions should be identical to 15 centuries ago. That’s wrong, sure. But what about those who believe the structure of institutions should be the same as the time when French declaration of the rights of man and of the citizen was written or the time the founding fathers of United States planned the structure of a suitable institution to, and that is important, their time. There were no cloud computing or blockchain at the time. That’s what most influential CEOs and business leaders of the world were discussing in Davos. The fourth industrial revolution changes relationships among people and businesses all around the world. We, the whole world, need a new structure for institutions and firms. the World Economic Forum has also created a global hub, The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, for this purpose.
The impact of the third industrial revolution, or the digital revolution, on social institutions was limited. Some argue that wasn’t, in fact, an independent revolution but instead it was the beginning of a huge transformation we witness today. Let’s say that was an independent revolution. There is a significant difference between the digital revolution and the fourth industrial revolution at least in the political, global stage. UN secretary general in Davos mentioned that ” We no longer live in a bipolar or unipolar world, but we are not yet in a multipolar world. We are in a kind of chaotic situation of transition”. The fourth industrial revolution, which transforms industries and businesses and relationships, is now coupled with a transformation in the world order.
Consider that a causation relationship, consider that a coincidence, consider that whatever you like, we are now in a critical time in history, in a transitional period. The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution aims to create a global trusted space where “leading technology companies, dynamic start-ups, policy-makers, international organizations, regulators, business organizations, academia and civil society can collaborate to develop the agile policy norms and partnerships needed to stimulate the enormous potential of science and technology, deliver rapid growth and generate sustainable, positive impact for all”. Trusted space; Considering the power war of global superpowers in such a transitional period alongside the growing gap between the public and governments best demonstrated in the Yellow vests movement, creating a trusted global space seems to be an extremely difficult task.
” I would say we are in a world in which global challenges are more and more integrated, and the responses are more and more fragmented, and if this is not reversed, it’s a recipe for disaster ” Guterres mentioned in his speech in Davos. Reaching to consensus in the global stage is now more difficult for governments than any other time. And, therefore, governments’ capacities to solve global issues are now extremely limited. Now consider the fact that today’s global problems are vastly complex, vastly integrated which requires more decentralized mechanisms, more inclusion of civic communities and businesses. How can we develop mechanisms where we rely more on those who can collaborate with each other globally: Academists, civic communities, businesses to solve problems and less on institutions which are currently engaged in power war which makes it virtually impossible for them to collaborate in a large scale. Politicians might point to the climate agreement. That was too little, too late. We need more, much more.
Should we be scared? with these perils come promises. This is a golden opportunity for the emergence of a global block of businesses and civic communities. A global block which is independent of governments around the world. A unipolar world order, a multipolar world order, call it whatever you wish.
Cool, let’s do it you might say. Just look at the Yellow vests movement. Today we use methods of the French revolution, 18th century if you’re not sure, to solve problems of 21st-century problems. We, too, are unable to solve problems. Today people from far left and far right of the political spectrum, side by side of each other, are chanting. They agree on absolutely nothing with each other except that they are angry, that they have objections. That’s not the way to solve problems.
Today we need to educate ourselves through debates to realize what problems are, to realize what possible solutions are. There is no education in chanting. But debates can be different. Yes, can be. When people are labelled by different political parties, debates, fights one might say, is barely an education. We need to discard labels. And thanks to unsuitable current political structures more and more people consider themselves as “independent” these days. That is good news, something to celebrate.
We need to develop mechanisms which enable us to collaborate, to debate, to identify underlying problems, to solve them. Guess what, we live in the time of the fourth industrial revolution. We have tools, we need to use them. The good old days when we could blame politicians for everything have passed. We are now very much part of the play. We need to act. It’s on us whether to act or not. We are, in fact, making decisions either way. We are responsible either way.

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