Decoding the future

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15 Jan 20

How can local government ensure that it rides the wave of change rather than being engulfed by the fourth industrial revolution?

The world is in transition. According to the World Economic Forum, we are moving into the fourth industrial revolution: a period of enormous technological acceleration that will see robotics, machine learning, big data and artificial intelligence becoming commonplace.

Its impact will be far-reaching, particularly in the workplace. It’s predicted that a third of our current workplace skills will be outmoded, some jobs will vanish, and, according to McLeod, Scott and Karl Fisch in Shift Happens, when our current cohort of primary school children join the workplace in the next 12-15 years, 65% will be doing jobs that don’t currently exist.

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