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The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Prospect of Humanities - Between the Usefulness and the Uselessness -

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2018, (47), pp.139-161
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2018..47.006
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : February 28, 2018

Wee Hangbok 1

1한양대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The characteristics of the Fourth Industrial Revolution include 'fusion of ICT and industry', 'substitution of simple and repetitive labor by automation and artificial intelligence', and 'expansion of human alienation'. That is why Klaus Schwab's "Fourth Industrial Revolution: Establishing ideology and systems to alleviate alienation" and "White House Report _ Artificial Intelligence, Automation and the Economy" have focused on these problems. In such a situation, the establishment of 'social safety net' can be a priority task in the field of humanities and social studies. In a society where highly precise machines are operated, it is human beings to suppress people or put humanity in crisis. In order for the development of science to expand freedom and liberate mankind, man must be able to maintain reason, and design and realize life values ​​and goals. However, in recent trends, even if interest and support for humanities have increased, "humanities frenzy" could not be used as a basis for development, and they chose to be a subject of "consumption" themselves, and serious reflection is needed. Also, in the new situation of the future, humanities need to enlarge their scope. It is time to think about the concept of 'humanities and geography' and to pay attention to the cultural industry, which is attracting attention as a future industry. Humanities should not ignore 'practical use' while adhering to their own principles.

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