About this Event

Talk Abstract:

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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