The fourth industrial revolution risks leaving women behind

CATEGORY: Economic Performance and Development
DATE: 9 August 2019
AUTHOR: The Conversation

In South Africa, there has been some discussion around the elitist discourse in which conversations about the fourth industrial revolution are happening.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is, ostensibly, upon us. The term was coined in 2016 by Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Form.

Broadly, it refers to the collapsing of boundaries between the physical, digital and biological spheres. More specifically, it’s about the digitalisation of all kinds of systems and processes.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the forefront of this reality. This involves systems that, as the European Commission puts it, “display intelligent behaviour by analysing their environment and taking actions … to achieve specific goals”.

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