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An Empirical Analysis of the Trend and Distribution of Interest in the Components of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

  • Korea and Global Affairs
  • Abbr : KGA
  • 2020, 4(6), pp.65-90
  • DOI : 10.22718/kga.2020.4.6.003
  • Publisher : Korea Institute of Politics and Society
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : November 6, 2020
  • Accepted : December 6, 2020
  • Published : December 30, 2020

Kim Seyoon 1

1

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to empirically verify whether the general public's interest in the components of the Fourth Industrial Revolution continues or increases, and whether there is internationality in the distribution of interest. As a research method, this paper utilized big data tools using Google Trends that a search portal site 'Google' provides, which occupies 90% of the global search volume as of May 2018. While the object of the existing empirical research in this regard was in the general public's interest in the Fourth Industrial Revolution or concepts similar to that, this paper concretely broke the subject of its verification down into practical core technologies and new paradigms constituting the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Through the literature review, eleven keywords as the core technologies composing the Fourth Industrial Revolution were Artificial Intelligence(AI), Internet of Things(IoT), Big Data, Cloud Computing, Mobile, Block Chain, Three Dimensional Printing, Robot, Virtual・Augmented Reality, Cyber-physical System(CPS) and Smart Factory selected, and five keywords as the new paradigms composing the Fourth Industrial Revolution were O2O(Online to Offline), Sharing Economy, Platform Economy, On-Demand Economy and Crowd Sourcing selected. The analysis of the sixteen keywords demonstrated that the general public's interest in the eleven core technology keywords as the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s components has continued to increase from January 2004 to August 2020, and that the level of interest in all those ten core technology keywords except “three dimensional printing” has acquired some degree of internationality distributed all around the world, unlike the interest in the five keywords of new paradigm.

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