Ro­bots rub up with the del­e­gates in Davos

The Observer - - BUSINESS -

Thomas Mann called it The Magic Moun­tain, but this week it will be more like the Magic Ro­bot. The World Eco­nomic Fo­rum at the Swiss re­sort of Davos sees the great and the good and the not so good gather to dis­cuss the burn­ing is­sues of the day, and this year’s theme is the fourth in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion. Which means the im­pact of ro­bots and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

Of course, the global mar­ket melt­down, the col­lapse in the oil price and con­cerns about Chi­nese growth will also be on the agenda. The chair­man of BP, var­i­ous bankers in­clud­ing Jiang Jian­qing from the In­dus­trial and Com­mer­cial Bank of China and econ­o­mists such as Nouriel Roubini will be in at­ten­dance.

Other del­e­gates are set to in­clude Leonardo DiCaprio, who will re­ceive an award re­lat­ing to his foun­da­tion’s work on the im­pact of cli­mate change, rock star Bono (of course), mu­si­cian will.i.am and prime min­is­ter David Cameron.

Else­where, there will be a cello con­cert “cel­e­brat­ing in­ter­cul­tural di­a­logue and trust” and a chance to learn “how to reach peak per­for­mance” with For­mula One rac­ing driver Se­bas­tian Vet­tel.

And back to the fourth in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion, there is a ses­sion called Meet the Ro­bots. R2-D2 once turned up at a CBI con­fer­ence – per­haps Davos will get BB-8?

BB-8: from Star Wars to Switzer­land?

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