For well over a year, Beyond Imagining (Beyond Imagining Issue 6) has searched for answers to some of the most curious and complex questions of our time. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is here and if we are to understand its many facets and ramifications, we need to continually interrogate, enquire and probe it.
One of the ways in which we do this, of course, is through language. We use language to discuss, debate and argue, and to express our views through writing and broadcast. The languages we use take many forms: often they’re the written and spoken words we use every day, and sometimes they’re also mathematical equations, chemical formulas and code.
Through these languages, we communicate. And as we communicate, so 4IR evolves.
In this issue of Beyond Imagining Issue 6, we explore the ways in which 4IR is influencing communication. Are technological advances making communication more seamless or more complex? How do artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning affect what and how we communicate? How can we expect communication to continue to evolve in the future? And where, amid the enormous influx of data that defines 4IR, do we find the truth?
Here, primarily through the age-old written word, we will try to communicate the answers.