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So Young Kim is director of the Korea Policy Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and an associate professor of the Graduate School of Science & Technology Policy at KAIST in Daejon, South Korea.
At the end of the Korean war in 1953, South Korea faced the twin challenges of reconstructing its devastated cities and modernizing its mostly agrarian economy. It bet on becoming a fast, nimble developer of already-profitable technologies. Industrial infrastructure – including construction of highways, and light-water nuclear reactors that produced cheap electricity — brought remarkably rapid economic growth in the 1970s and 1980s.