Change is here, but is the world ready for the fourth industrial revolution

The forceful combination of disruptive technology and cognitive computing means the world is on the cusp of rapid change that will transform the way we work, how we live in cities, our healthcare and education systems and almost every possible element of our lives.  “Technology is happening at an exponential rate. It is difficult for the human mind to grasp just how quickly the change is progressing,” Solomon Assefa, director of IBM Research for Africa told a recent Gordon Institute of Business Science forum.  The emergence of the fourth industrial revolution, a concept that includes integrated economies, mechanisation and automation and builds on the digital revolution of the last century, was put forward at the 2016 World Economic Forum gathering at Davos earlier this year. The movement is characterised by…


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