Over the past 3 years, there has been a lot of buzz around the onset of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). The 4IR offers huge potential to transform and realign our economies and societies. But, how do we play a shaping role to prepare societies and industries at large for this economic era, and ultimately help shape the impact of the 4IR? Can we accelerate the development and implementation of emerging science and technology to the benefit of citizens, society and the public interest? In doing so, are we able to learn from the mistakes of the past in order to mitigate massive exclusions, human rights violations and regulatory lag?

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is already making striking change to the continent of Africa, proving to be a wave of impact that we can’t help but take notice of. It brings innovation, technology and endless possibilities with it. But, how ready are we for it? As the founder and chief executive of Genesis Analytics, the largest economics-based consultancy in Africa, Stephan Malherbe elaborates on why we all ought to be equipped because the future is now.

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