Klaus Schwab, founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), had the following to say: “We’re on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – and this one will be unlike any other in human history. Characterised by new technologies fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will impact all disciplines, economies and industries – and it will do so at an unprecedented rate.”
WEF data predicts that by 2025, we’ll see commercial use of nanomaterials 200 times stronger than steel and one million times thinner than human hair, the first transplant of a 3D-printed liver, 10% of all cars on American roads being driverless and many more advancements.
Will.i.am’s put down the microphone and backed away from his keyboard to take up the cause as an industrial revolutionary. “When I started my company i.am+, I wanted to empower people who come from areas like the one I grew up in: people from ghettoes, townships and slums. We’re on the verge of something big that could change the lives of our communities forever.
“Imagine 1917… there were people like Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla working on light and electricity, but the same thing wasn’t happening in Africa. Henry Ford was building the first cars. Now here we are in 2017 and we have people building artificial intelligence and self-driving cars. Why can’t that be happening in Africa? Are we going let another 100 years of innovation, invention and progress go by without us participating? This stuff should be coming from Soweto, Lagos, Brixton, Ivory Coast and South Central Los Angeles. Why not?” he says.