The coming of the 4th Industrial Revolution has been vaunted as catastrophe for society as we know it, yet at the same time holds untold opportunity to empower communities worldwide. Dr. Jay Richards is an author and expert in the philosophy, ethics, and social impacts of technology on civilization. Together with Mara Aspirall, founder of BlueStone Venture Partner and nationally recognized expert on the 4th Industrial Revolution, the plenary session for the day will be a rich discussion on the potential for calamity or cornucopia presented by the 4th Industrial Revolution, setting the context for the discussions and breakouts to follow.
Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is an Assistant Research Professor in the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America and is developing the curriculum for the University’s innovative business program currently targeted to launch in Tucson in fall 2020.Richards is author or editor of more than a dozen books including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012), and Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award. His newest book is The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in the Age of Smart Machines. He is also creator and executive producer of several documentaries, including three that have appeared widely on PBS. Richards’ articles and essays have been published in The Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Washington Post, Forbes, Fox News, National Review Online, The Hill, Investor’s Business Daily, Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, The Federalist, The American Spectator, The Daily Caller, and many other publications. He has written and lectured internationally on a wide range of topics, including culture, economics, public policy, natural science, technology, and the environment.