Africa should not be too quick to embrace the fourth industrial revolution
Monday, 16 September 2019 09:00

As a new age of technology dawns, cyber attacks in South Africa and beyond underline the need for caution

It has been hailed as a transformative moment, one that will bring algorithmic precision to the decisions we make and automate virtually every aspect of our lives, from switching on the lights to predicting what food we want to eat.

But amid all the hype surrounding the fourth industrial revolution and its disruptive digital technologies, there is confusion – and potential danger. While tech is being rolled out at an exponential rate, infrastructural support and safeguards seem to be lagging behind, leaving the global south particularly exposed.

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