Transforming: Systems & Technology
Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
New Technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: AI, IoT, Robotics, and Beyond
Today’s technologies appear to have reached a qualitatively distinct stage of the digital revolution. The novel technologies of the so-called “fourth industrial revolution” – such as AI (Artificial Intelligence), IoT (Internet of Things), robotics, programmable biology, XR (Extended Reality), and blockchain – are now blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres. This program will provide an overview of these new technologies and discuss how they are disrupting and transforming entire systems of production, management, and governance. It will also discuss how to anticipate new opportunities and challenges that these technologies may bring to libraries and library users.