FRIBOURG HAS STARTED ITS DIGITAL REVOLUTION
Minister of Economic Affairs
The digital revolution is well underway. It is set to change forever not only how we produce, stock and sell goods and services, but also how we live and work. Sweeping digitization, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, robotization, big data, cloud computing, 3D printing and the sharing economy are already upon us, heralding a new era that will rapidly and radically transform our economy and society.
This year, Fribourg Network Freiburg (FNF) is given over to this fundamental issue and its impact on the canton. As in its previous editions on exports and the blue economy, FNF uncovers the many members of the Fribourg business community who have embraced this new reality and are even helping to drive this revolution. Some 40 companies and Schools based in the canton showcase their ingenious projects and ideas, and in doing so provide a fascinating snapshot of the tremendous innovation capacity of our entrepreneurs.
Likewise, the public authorities, especially the Cantonal Department for Economic Affairs and Employment, will continue their efforts to ensure that businesses have the best possible conditions that allow them to fully express their creativity and thus boost their competitiveness. It is therefore vital that we further stimulate research, reward innovation and facilitate the transfer of technologies. In this changing environment in which some professions will evolve or disappear while others will emerge to take their place, it is also important that we stay ahead in terms of the education that our canton can provide.
Finally, we need to give serious thought to this revolution so that we are able to anticipate its impact, which will go beyond technology to the very heart of society. The 2017 edition of FNF perfectly illustrates the capabilities and potential that Fribourg companies have to survive – and thrive – in this digital revolution. A promising future lies ahead!