Africa should not lose sight of 4IR opportunities

As the 28th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa convenes in Cape Town this week, it offers an opportunity to consider ways to accelerate economic growth across the continent.

By Pieter Bensch, executive vice-president at Sage Africa & Middle East

With the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) sweeping across the world, one pressing concern is to evaluate how to harness digital technology to boost prosperity and employment across Africa.The 4IR will catalyse greater automation, higher productivity and lower costs across industries, driven by the advent of the Internet of Things, cloud computing, advanced robotics, intelligent software, artificial intelligence (AI), distributed ledgers, 3D […]

WEF must focus on 4IR’s positive impact on jobs

WEF must focus on 4IR’s positive impact on jobs

As the 28th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa convenes in Cape Town from 4-6 September, it offers an opportunity to consider ways to accelerate economic growth across the continent. With the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) sweeping across the world, one pressing concern is to evaluate how to harness digital technology to boost prosperity and employment across Africa.

The 4IR will catalyse greater automation, higher productivity and lower costs across industries, driven by the advent of the Internet of Things, cloud computing, advanced robotics, intelligent software, artificial intelligence (AI), distributed ledgers, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, and a range […]

Alliance for Humans in a Robot Economy (AHiRE) Launches on Labor Day 2019

Sep. 2, 2019 / PRZen / GAITHERSBURG, Md. — The Alliance for Humans in a Robot Economy (AHiRE) today begins its mission by launching a website platform for people to help guide humanity’s future as machines radically change how we live, work, and play.

Founding President Barney Gorin explained, "We live in the proverbial ‘interesting times’, and no single issue may be more important to humanity’s continued success than how we handle the emerging Automation Age. It is not our ancestors’ Industrial Revolution—people’s brains, rather than brawn, are being rendered unnecessary, and change is happening with increasing, unimaginable speed.

"The power […]

The dark side of progress: We’re ignoring the most potent threat to working-class Americans

The dark side of progress: We're ignoring the most potent threat to working-class Americans

The dark side of progress: We’re ignoring the most potent threat to working-class Americans During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised working-class white Americans in the smokestack cities and towns of the industrial Midwest that he would bring back millions of manufacturing jobs by reducing immigration, clamping down on globalization, and ending “terrible” trade agreements and currency manipulation.

He has not delivered on his promises.

In 2017 and 2018, to be sure, the United States did add 465,000 factory jobs , an impressive, though unspectacular, number. But the vast majority of them are located in California, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and Oklahoma […]

I don’t know what to do with my life

I don’t know what to do with my life

Every year, thousands of school leavers (and their families) will make two important decisions that will significantly impact their life and future.

What course should I take after leaving school?

What job should I do upon graduation? It’s ok for people to be clueless about their future. School leavers are asked to select a college or university major or course that could impact their entire life and future at a time when they barely know who they are or where they’re going. Even adults struggle with these issues!In an environment where employers are demanding more flexibility, adaptability, short-term […]

Billionaire Jack Ma says AI will lead to a 12-hour workweek

Billionaire Jack Ma says AI will lead to a 12-hour workweek

Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba, has vigorously endorsed China’s grueling “996” culture, or working from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week. But now he has an even bolder vision for the future of work thanks to artificial intelligence: the 12-hour workweek.

In the future, people may end up working only three days a week, with only four hours of work per day, Ma said at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai on Thursday, according to Bloomberg News. In Ma’s view, the development of AI could free humanity to partake in activities […]

Billionaire Jack Ma, booster of 12-hour days, now says AI will allow 12-hour weeks

Billionaire Jack Ma, booster of 12-hour days, now says AI will allow 12-hour weeks

Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba, has vigorously endorsed China’s grueling "996" culture, or working from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week. But now he has an even bolder vision for the future of work thanks to artificial intelligence: the 12-hour workweek.

In the future, people may end up working only three days a week, with only four hours of work per day, Ma said at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai on Thursday, according to Bloomberg News. In Ma’s view, the development of AI could free humanity to partake in activities […]

How I learned to stop worrying and love automation

How I learned to stop worrying and love automation

PHOTO © ZAPP2PHOTO | ADOBE STOCK U.S. manufacturing seemingly isn’t in a good position. According to data published by The U.S. Federal Reserve, factory production slumped through most of 2019’s first half, recovering slightly in May and June. Reports by the Institute for Supply Management echoed a similar sentiment, stating that U.S. factories had declined in multiple areas, including employment, orders, production, and deliveries.

The prevailing narrative of the media is that nothing can stop the ongoing decline of manufacturing. However, the industry’s savior may lie in one of its supposed antagonists – automation .

America has an unusual relationship with […]

How to Choose a Job That Won’t Be Replaced By Robots

How to Choose a Job That Won't Be Replaced By Robots

Indypendenz/Shutterstock Both blue- and white-collar routine jobs are at risk of displacement by robots, while nonroutine, abstract occupations are more difficult to automate – for now.

Jobs involving creativity and emotional intelligence are the least likely to be replaced by automation.

Lifelong re-education may be the surest way to professional survival. If the idea of a C-3PO-like robot occupying your current job, whether that’s teaching a class of kindergarteners or auditing taxes, sounds far-fetched 10 years from now, you’re not wrong. However, experts caution that 25% of U.S. jobs are at "high risk" of automation (with another 36% at […]

How Artificial Intelligence Is Going to Transform the Engineers’ Jobs

How Artificial Intelligence Is Going to Transform the Engineers' Jobs

Smart factory ipopba/iStock An engineer checking and controlling welding robotics automatic arms machines in an intelligent industrial automotive factory using a monitoring system software used to belong to the science fiction realm.

However, this is the reality of d igital manufacturing operations in today’s Industry 4.0 smart factories. Industry 4.0 is a concept that originated in Germany and is related to the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology with networking and analytics with industry processes.

Another ingredient in Industry 4.0 is Artificial Intelligence , one of the fastest growing emerging technologies with a market expected to reach […]