1 April 2017

PI: Mr Poon King Wang (LKYCIC, SUTD)

Future Digital Economies and Digital Societies examines the impact of digital technologies on our economies and societies. It explores the economic and social issues around the accessibility, affordability and adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) digital innovations by citizens, communities, companies, cities and countries. It will also explore the combinatorial possibilities of these 4IR technologies, so as to yield new insights into the systemic opportunities around how societies can remain inclusive in the face of digital disruption. Future Digital Economies and Digital Societies thus aims to be a guide to how we can transform ourselves in the face of digital disruption, and create the economic and social value that makes lives better for everyone.

The project builds on the insights and issues identified in the book Living Digital 2040: Future of Work, Education and Healthcare, which is based on the National Research Foundation/Ministry of National Development-funded foresight/futures project Living with Technology – Future of Work, Education and Healthcare (under the LKYCIC’s Future of Cities Programme).

The project also works with Smart Cities Lab to better understand the synergies and overlaps between smart cities, digital economies, digital societies, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Two major thrusts in the project are Future of Work, and Digital Societies.

Research Projects

Polarising of Job Opportunities: Charting New Pathways and Adopting New Technologies – conducted in collaboration with Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute

Digital and Smart Transformation – conducted in collaboration with a government linked entity

Tackling digital disruption: Industry transformations and workforce resilience – conducted in collaboration with CIO Academy Asia under a Social Science Research Thematic Grant from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

Digital Societies – conducted in collaboration with Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI)

Assessing impact of AI on work tasks and the future of occupations in banking, advanced manufacturing, insurance, and creative industries (forthcoming link) – conducted in collaboration France-Singapore think tank Live with AI

Living Digital 2040: Future of Work, Education, and Healthcare — published book from the project Future of Cities: Living with Technology funded by the National Research Foundation and the Ministry of National Development under the Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge

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Recent Report

State of People+Digital Transformation Survey (Beta version) – conducted in collaboration with IoT Asia 2018