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Beyond Imagining

4IR and you.

In the eight issues of Beyond Imagining that have preceded this one, we have defined the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) several times.

4IR, we’ve said, is the coming together of technologies that blur the lines between the physical, the digital and the biological. These technologies include artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, big data, the internet of things, and the cloud, among others.

For most of us, though, these terms and the phenomenon they describe can feel rather abstract. We know that 4IR is part of the world around us and, at times, we see it in action, but we’re only occasionally aware of how it affects us personally.

This time, we’re asking how 4IR impacts who you are. How does it mould your identity? How does it affect your relationships, your work, your home? How does this powerful global movement play out in the more private aspects of your life?

Let’s take a look.


How 4IR affects you

As a definition, 4IR gained popularity in 2016 after it was first used by Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Executive Chairman…

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The value and ownership of the virtual you

There are many definitions of the term ‘virtual self’, but here, we’re talking about the digital representation of who you are.

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The top 5 latest
innovations for
your home

The smart home is here, and it’s
designed to make your life simpler, more streamlined and now…

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Is the dog of the future hairless and helpful?

Of course, all real-life dogs are immensely helpful (and some of them are hairless, too), but Spot, the brainchild of robotics…

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How does technology affect your office space and the way you work?

Increased flexibility, hot-desking, the move towards remote working: these trends were already on the rise a few years ago…

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The latest innovations for people with disabilities

For years, technological innovations have played a major role in helping to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

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Looking for balance?
10 tips on escaping the digital world

At times, our digital interactions can feel non-stop. We check our email on our phones before we’ve had…

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Are 4IR technologies
a threat to childhood?

Children who spend too much time plugged into digital devices tend to interact with other children less and candevelop behavioural…

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Educating yourself in a virtual world.

Once, formal education took place in a building. You had to travel to a particular place where certain people would…

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