As I have tried to make clear throughout this book, the 4th Industrial Revolution provides great opportunities for mankind. We can see the rapid development of driverless cars and monorails, smart houses controlled from afar by artificial intelligence, a plethora of tasks controlled simply by voice, operations carried out by robots and many other things not even dreamt about.
As someone that speaks at events that cover such topics, I also see the concerns and even the Luddite approach of many of the general public. Sadly, some of those most opposed are politicians at different levels; hopefully not because they don’t want to deal with the fallout.
What I cannot do, despite all of my studying, is to predict the world even a couple of years ahead. What I am trying to do in this book is to wake people up to the fact that they cannot predict either but that, like me, they can see the potential downside of this latest step forwards in technology.
Once people can see the potential benefits and the potential issues that such progress creates then they can plan for it and take steps to guard against it.
What is very clear is that, for maximum benefit from the 4th Industrial Revolution it requires a paradigm shift for young people, parents, businesses and governments. Whilst we can dream of them all working together, even if they work independently of each other, the benefits will be greater than if they do nothing.
One thing is sure and that is that the 4th Industrial Revolution will not be stopped. Obviously everyone has two options. The first is to adapt and change to the differing circumstances and the other is to do nothing and hope it will all work out in the end. But remember that there are three types of people in this world – there are those that make things happen, there are those that watch things happen and there are those that say ‘WHAT HAPPENED’!
Just remember the words of Einstein that the definition of stupidity was to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result!