Book on IR4.0: Embrace it for an inclusive and better society

by Theleaders-Online | October 16, 2019 4:35 am

PUCHONG: Be prepared for Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4) as there is no turning back. That is the message carried by a new book entitled ‘4IR- Reinventing a Nation’.

Launched by Malaysian Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik at the Frankfurt International Book Fair 2019 today, the book highlights that although 4IR raises a lot of concerns, it also offers ample opportunities to people from all walks of life, provided they are well-equipped for it.

“Because of its ubiquitous reach, 4IR technologies raise all kinds of concerns but with proper guidance, these can be used to create a better life for all, including new and more meaningful jobs, reskilling of the workforce, better healthcare and education, and smarter and greener cities.

“Plus, it can contribute to a more sustainable and circular economy, ultimately a greater wellbeing for everyone; regardless of age, ethnicity and class,” the book says.

Authored by two prominent personalities; Emir Research President cum CEO Dr Rais Hussin and entrepreneur cum author Dinis Guarda, the book also talks about the urgent need for governments and societies to come up with a powerful narrative in adopting technologies that will enable them to create an inclusive and caring society.

“The 4IR world is digital and global. However, it also needs to be interweaved into the physical environment of localised communities. The technology of the future is limited only by our capacity to design it, which in turn, is inspired by the way we live in the present.

“Therefore, 4IR technologies demand a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to better extract its potential to positively transform our personal, community and national experiences,” the book says.

In his speech at the book launch, Maszlee praised the book saying it was vital for mankind to be alert of the changes happening around them.

He also said that with the advent of 4IR, it is imperative for ideas and innovation to be driven by algorithms and smart systems to enhance economic development.

“The Malaysian government’s vision is to make Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes mainstream, rather than an alternative choice.

“We also want our national TVET initiatives to be seen as unified; sharing a strong and comprehensive system,” said Maszlee.

The book, ‘4IR- Reinventing a Nation ’is published by Emir Research in collaboration with Ztudium.com.

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