Industrial Revolution 4.0, Tech Giants, and Digitized Societies

  • Tai Wei Lim

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Section on Industrial Revolution 4.0, Tech Giants, and Digitized Societies

  3. Section on Specific Case Studies

  4. Section on Quizzes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Tai Wei Lim
      Pages 171-176
    3. Tai Wei Lim
      Pages 177-184
    4. Tai Wei Lim
      Pages 185-192
    5. Tai Wei Lim
      Pages 193-198
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 199-201

About this book


Industry 4.0 explores the emergence of disruptive digital technologies such as robotics, blockchain, nanotechnology and 3D printing and their impact on human lives and jobs in globalized 21st century societies. Incorporating a cutting edge area studies perspective, it considers the challenges and long term implications of the rise of ‘Tech Giants’ such as Alibaba, Google and Baidu through the lens of past industrial revolutions, looking back at the transformative technologies and industrial developments - the steam engine, electrification, telegraph, mass production, and the rise of digital technology - upon which the modern world was built. It investigates the mirror profiles of the world’s largest tech companies in the US and China (Baidu and Google, Alibaba and Amazon, Wechat and Facebook) and provides a unique comparison of Tech Giants with 19th century colonial empires and monopolistic trading companies in terms of political-economic dominance. A key tool for instructors and students focused on courses on Technological History, Digital Technology and Cultures, New Media, Digital Ethics and China studies, this book provides practical guidance on how readers can equip themselves to face key workplace and societal challenges in a virtually interconnected world shaped by Tech Giant monopoly.


Disruptive Digital Economy Dominant Digital Multinationals in the US and China Overdependence on Digital Tech Giants Dependence on Technology and Social Media Work and Digital Skills US and China Tech Giants and Regulators State and Industry Interaction

Authors and affiliations

  • Tai Wei Lim
    • 1
  1. 1.Singapore University of Social SciencesSingaporeSingapore

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-7469-2
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-7470-8
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