TUCSON, Ariz. — University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins says he would like to see the institution take the lead in artificial intelligence and automation, which he says will crucial in the so-called fourth industrial revolution that will bring new technologies.

The Arizona Daily Star reports Robbins announced at an annual luncheon by the southern Arizona economic-development agency, Sun Corridor Inc., that preparing for the fourth industrial revolution would be the university’s role in regional economic development.

The fourth industrial revolution is an idea by author Klaus Schwab which he defines as an era that brings forth new technologies such as ubiquitous, mobile supercomputing, intelligent robots and self-driving cars.

Robbins says he wants the university’s deans to think holistically and prepare for the changes the new technology is bound to bring to the workforce.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.tucson.com