Technology to Decrease Inequality

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Palo Alto is a major center for many of the innovations associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, whether artificial intelligence, big data analytics, mobile-based lifestyle tracking, 3D printing and nanotechnology. Yet a communication gap exists between the leaders engineering these technologies and the populations that they impact.

To address this gap, Shapers aim to create dialogue through the development of an annual forum that brings together major stakeholders across industry, politics, academia, and perhaps most importantly, society and the individuals whose lives have or will be affected by emerging technologies.

The forum will particularly prioritize the integration of local entrepreneurs from underprivileged and low-income areas; only through inclusive dialogue will Palo Alto be able to shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution and create a future that reflects the city's and citizens' common goals.