The Social Innovation Research Institute defines Society 4.0 as the societal implications of living with and adapting to the digital economy. The digital economy incorporates high-level data analytics, automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and it will inevitably lead to changes in society, including employment and the nature of work.  More recently the Japanese have spearheaded Society 5.0, a far-reaching concept that looks at blurring the frontier between cyberspace and physical space. 

The concept of Society responding to digitisation is an important aspect underlying our research — our program Thriving in Society 4.0 explores the consequences of emerging technologies in depth. 

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