• Opening: Photo Exhibit on Asia 4.0: Changes and Challenges (Details to follow)
• Forum on Philippine Development (Details to follow)
• Power and Knowledge in Southeast Asia: State and Scholars in Indonesia and the Philippines: A Book Launch-Roundtable
Rommel Curaming, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Brunei Darussalam
1:00 pm–3:00 pm, Japan Hall, UP Asian Center, QC
What does the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” mean for societies in Asia? Rapid globalization alongside unprecedented integration of the digital, physical, and biological spheres—hallmarks of the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (Industry 4.0)—are projected to cause massive shifts in economies and societies across the world (Schwab, 2016). While “Industry 4.0” promises greater productivity and connectivities, it also threatens to disrupt conventional production patterns through automation and digitization. What do these technological disruptions mean for Asia’s more than four billion inhabitants many of whom still rely on traditional modes of production? What roles do state and non-state actors play in “Industry 4.0”? What risks and opportunities become available as big data, blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, smartphones, and robotics are increasingly used and integrated in various industries including finance, health, and military among others? How are social identities (re)configured as countries and communities converge in various and novel ways, including and most notably, through the internet and the virtual world? The Asian Center of the University of the Philippines focuses on these issues as it celebrates its 64th anniversary. It has organized events that not only deal on the changes and challenges brought by “Industry 4.0”, but also provide Asian and Filipino perspectives to these issues.
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