Mbandeka outlines challenges of 4IR

17 Oct 2018 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 17 OCT – Artificial intelligence may lead to loss of jobs for semi-skilled people, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (Cran), Festus Mbandeka has said.
Mbandeka made these remarks on Tuesday during his presentation at the fifth national Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Summit in the capital.
He said artificial intelligence is unleashing a whole new level of productivity and augmenting lives in many ways, a development that is often referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
The 4IR, according to Mbandeka, is a digital revolution which is characterised by a fusion of technologies that blur the lines between physical, digital, and biological spheres.
The CEO added that artificial intelligence such as robotics, bioengineering, programming tools and other technologies can all be used to create and deploy weapons, while social media gives voice to cyber-bullying, hate speech and the spreading of false information, while enabling unwarranted invasion of privacy.
Despite its challenges, Mbandeka further explained that the 4IR also offers a positive impact in areas of education and access to information, which improve the lives of billions of people across the globe.
“The social media revolution has given everyone a voice and a way to communicate instantly across the planet, creating a global village,” he said, adding that the 4IR creates access to products and services to entirely new markets, which will lead to a global economy.
The CEO further explained that the 4IR can optimise supply chain operations and workers may be liberated from automatable tasks and improve biomedical science and lead to people living healthier lives.
Mbandeka concluded that Cran will also ensure that the implementation of relevant data protection laws, cybersecurity interventions, consumer protection and education, is carried out properly.