Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) president Tamuka Macheka discussed on the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Zimbabwe during the Procurement Indaba that took place yesterday.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution describes the exponential changes to the way we live, work and relate to one another due to the adoption of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and the Internet of Systems according to Bernard Marr.
“Technology and Digital networks dictating the pace of development –economy/society,” Macheka said.
“In this environment, collaboration can help SMEs to upscale and large corporates to innovate.”
Macheka said technology, which is constantly is transforming the way things are done with the introduction of the internet and computers changing the nature of work.
The ZNCC also spoke of the need to shift mindsets towards lifelong learning.
“Most of the jobs our children will do, do not exist right now and we need to plan for that,” Macheka said.
Workplaces are also being changed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution with the introduction of video conferencing, call centers and also artificial intelligence.
Although the Fourth Industrial Revolution is taking place, technopreneurs have questioned Zimbabwe’s infrastructure in accommodation the transformations.
“There is a very high risk that the 4th industrial revolution will come with high unemployment (as the machines take over)… so the universities must chip in with the right skills,” Taurai Chinyamakobvu, a technopreneur is on the record as saying