What Is The 4th Industrial Revolution All About?

We have heard the term "The 4th Industrial Revolution" being thrown around recently. How many of us truly understand the effects that the 4th Industrial Revolution is predicted to have on our current lifestyles, businesses, jobs, education, or our economy?

So why is it being called a revolution? Well, significant metamorphoses occur when old systems are no longer serving us or hindering our ability to grow. It's not a secret that our growth is being stifled by the state of our economy, our depleting resources, and the ever-rising unemployment rate. It is about time for a revolution to take place and to bring change and prosperity.

Yes, technology is a catalyst in this movement, as we have seen throughout history, big manufacturing advancements have always fueled times of significant growth.

In the past, these types of revolutions impacted growth in our economies because they injected vast amounts of productivity improvement. For us to grow, we need to be producing more and putting more into our economy, either more labor, more capital, or more productivity.

Job security in this country is an epidemic for many reasons, but technology is not one of them. Technology is the only thing that can secure jobs in the future. Recently we had Valter Adao on the Heavy Chef stage talking about the future of jobs and how the 4th Industrial Revolution helps increase employment rather than threatens it. You can listen to his educational talk here.


In the same breath, many argue that in this revolution, the security of jobs is only available to the privileged who can afford to upskill through paid alternative education solutions. However, this is also not true. The digital age replaces the physical constraints on accessing education, and instead increases peoples ability to participate in online and digital learning. Sam Paddock, the former CEO and Co-founder of GetSmarter, explains the science of learning and why we should be focusing on digital learning experiences here.

There is no need to leave people behind in this revolution, and there is no excuse to be left behind either. If you are among those who are concerned about getting left behind in this revolution, take advantage of the information available to you through technology and use it as a resource to stay ahead. Niket Desai is giving a master class on scaling your business, teams, and products in the 4th Industrial Revolution. You can find out more here.

South Africa has many inspirational forward thinkers, an evolutionary trait that stems when current opportunities are exhausted, people have no choice but to evolve under the immense pressure that the country endures.

So we create solutions and develop our ability to adapt and continue our survival. Rapelang Rabana draws her theories back to Darwin in her talk on responsiveness being the critical skill needed to survive the revolution. You can watch her talk here.

With responsive thinkers in South Africa, who are creating solutions for its people, better futures, secure jobs, and access to education are what this revolution brings. Let us not fear the term revolution but rather embrace technology and the digital era to allow the replacement of systems that currently fail us.