The safety and security of human life has always been linked to the environment. The Earth provides us with natural resources that humans have used to grow industries and economies. But this growth has put our Earth under a lot of stress! New technologies have the potential to create systems to improve the management of the Earth and her resources. Here are a few ways that the Fourth Industrial Revolution can help our environment:

 

  • Buildings will become “smart” and environmentally friendly, by reducing water usage as well as decreasing the use of electricity for lighting, heating and cooling.
  • Transport and traffic systems will become more organised, resulting in less carbon emissions and cars that are more environmentally friendly.
  • Technology will allow us to monitor the emission of greenhouse gases more efficiently, making sure that we know and learn ways to reduce these emissions.
  • Bioengineering will allow crops to grow in larger quantities and at a faster rate, while using less land.
  • Biotechnology will help us develop better ways to manage pests and weeds.

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How many of our readers imagine a future with robots? The future is now! Artificial Intelligence

(AI) allows machines to learn from their ‘experiences’ and adjust to new inputs to perform tasks in a

human-like fashion. Here are some cool ways that AI is being used today:

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Have any of you noticed the way that social media, apps, smartphones and artificial intelligence have changed the way that we interact with each other and relate to each other? It has even changed the way that we do things. In the same way, the worlds of manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture, and governance are being impacted by new “smart” technologies. These technologies will change the way our society works and how we relate to one another at many levels.

Before we try to get a better grasp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, let us have a look at a timeline of previous industrial revolutions.

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