Klaus Schwab: Whoever Masters 4th Industrial Revolution Technologies ‘Will be the Master of the World’

Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), said this week that technologies emerging from the so-called fourth industrial revolution (4IR) are advancing exponentially and could “escape” the globalists’ “power to master” them.

In his keynote speech to the World Government Summit on Monday, Schwab said shared global policies will be needed to mitigate this issue so globalists can be the “master of the world.”

The 2023 World Government Summit is taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Feb. 13-15.

Schwab said: “A few years ago, we considered some technologies a science fiction that was difficult to implement, but today it has become a reality that we live through artificial intelligence, new space technology, and industrial biology, which heralds a major change coming during the next ten years, and requires governments to be ambitious in their decisions.”

“Our life in 10 years from now will be completely different, very much affected,” Schwab explained, “and who masters those technologies, in some way, will be the master of the world.”

“My deep concern is that those technologies, if we don’t work together on a global scale, if we do not formulate, shape together the necessary policies, they will escape our power to master those technologies,” Schwab said.

Schwab and his WEF sidekick Yuval Noah Harari have spoken and written extensively in recent years on what they call “the fourth industrial revolution,” which is defined as “a fusion of advances in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), Web3, blockchain, 3D printing,  genetic engineering, quantum computing, and other technologies.”

“What the Fourth Industrial Revolution will lead to is a fusion of our physical, our digital, and our biological identities,” Schwab said at the WEF in 2019.

“The whole idea that humans have this soul or spirit and they have free will and nobody knows what’s happening inside me, so whatever I choose, whether it be in the election or in the supermarket this is my free will … that’s over,” Harari once said in an interview. Harari has also repeatedly warned that humans are now “hackable animals,” and called the idea that Jesus rose from the dead “fake news.”

“I think the fourth industrial revolution will be in our mind for quite some years to come,” Schwab said at the World Government Summit this week.

“How can we make sure that the individual — each citizen — doesn’t feel overwhelmed by change? Because we cannot understand really what’s going on, and if we do not understand, we become fearful, and we react negatively,”  Schwab said at the summit this week. “One of my concerns is how to shape the necessary policies to make sure that those technologies serve humankind.”

“Governments in different parts of the world should play leading roles in keeping pace with changes,” Schwab said, adding that “polarization of the public opinion” have stood in the way of progress.

“It has to do with some feeling that we lose control over our own fate, and here I think governments have an important role to explain — and to have the ambition and the vision — to show that those technologies can serve for the good,” he said.

Schwab pointed out during his address that his predictions about 4IR technologies were once considered science fiction, but have now become reality.

“I wrote in 2015 the book ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution,’ and I mentioned 23 or 24 technologies which would change the world, like crypto and so on,” Schwab said.

“The book was considered science fiction; all those technologies have become reality,” he added. “When you look at technology transformation, it usually takes place in terms of an S-curve, and we are just now where we move into the exponential phase,” he said.

As part of their 4IR vision, the WEF has aggressively advocated for the creation of a global digital identity system.

While the WEF pushed its vision of a globally integrated digital identity,  Schwab was known to say throughout the pandemic, “nobody will be safe if not everyone is vaccinated.”


Billionaire Elon Musk also spoke at the World Government Summit, warning attendees that too much cooperation between governments could result in a collapse of civilization.

“I think we should be maybe a little bit concerned about actually becoming too much of a single world government,” he said at the World Government Summit remotely via video call.

“If I may say, we want to avoid creating a civilizational risk by having — frankly, this might sound a little odd — too much cooperation between governments,” the Tesla CEO said.

Musk explained, “While Rome was falling, Islam was rising, so you had … a caliphate doing well while Rome was doing terribly. And that ended up being a source of preservation of knowledge and many scientific advancements.”

“So I think we need to be a little conscious of being too much of a single civilization because if we are too much of a single civilization then the whole thing may collapse,” he said.

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