Before we get googly eyed about 4IR, there are tough questions


There has been a lot of talk among policymakers and within society about the so-called fourth industrial revolution (4IR) – the rapid growth in digital and artificial intelligence technologies that are fundamentally changing our lives.

Most recently, President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the 4IRSA initiative to focus attention on adapting our economy to these technological changes. Much of the discussion on this has focused on two issues: how technological change can boost economic growth; and what the likely impacts of the new technologies may be on employment. These are, of course, very important issues for SA. ..

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