The World Economic Forum (WEF), the organisation behind the Davos conference, which pulls the great and the good from across the world together, is attempting to cut the risks of emerging technology with an international initiative.

There’s a gap between emerging technology and policy, suggests the WEF, and to tackle this it has set up a ‘Center (sic) for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco, now it is rolling out with centres in India, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

“We want to ensure that a technologically enriched future is safe, ethical, inclusive and sustainable for all, not just a few,” said Murat Sonmez, Head of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Projects at the centre include autonomous mobility, artificial intelligence, blockchain, drones, precision medicine and Internet of Things (IoT).

The WEF is working with various councils, for example the Global Artificial Intelligence Council, Global IoT Council and Global Blockchain Council which all signed up this week. WEF says that the councils will identify governance gaps in key emerging technologies; share learnings among leading policy-makers, practitioners and experts about innovative governance experiments around the world; provide strategic guidance to the Center’s projects; and serve as early adopters and ambassadors to pilot, refine and scale the policies and protocols developed by the centre

More information can be found on their website.https://www.weforum.org/about/the-fourth-industrial-revolution-by-klaus-schwab