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Within 10 – 15 years, students today will be working in companies that haven’t even started yet, according to technology entrepreneur and educational philanthropist, Thomas Ilube, who advised that the world stood at the door of the fourth industrial revolution.

Disruptive Technologies that will Reconstruct Careers, Reshape Education and Transform Society

Tom Ilube

Think about it.

Within 10 – 15 years, students today will be working in companies that haven’t even started yet, according to technology entrepreneur and educational philanthropist, Thomas Ilube, who advised that the world stood at the door of the fourth industrial revolution. He addressed employees and students in Hallett Hall at a special presentation while visiting the Island as a guest of the Bermuda Technical Institute Association. The statement made sense when one considers that Google and Amazon didn’t even exist a generation ago. Uber is even younger.

Mr. Ilube, founder of several STEM institutions in the UK and Africa, Dr Ilube presents smas well as a number of start-up technology businesses, is currently CEO of Crossword Cyber Security plc, and sits on the advisory boards of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), and the Bank of Scotland, spoke of five emergent exponential technologies that will redefine technical education within 10 – 15 years:

 

  • 3 D printers that could have a significant impact on the need for manufacturing plants and transportation systems, an early indication of the coming age of mass personalisation;
  • block chain, the technology that undergirds bitcoin and fintech and will affect the democratisation of ownership of assets and information;
  • artificial intelligence, the technology of which, he posited, could not remain neutral, with cultural, societal and even legal biases inherent in its development;
  • “big data” – the volume, velocity and variety of data analysis that he says “continues to grow exponentially”, and promises a lucrative emergent industry for those who prepare for it;
  • voice interfaces, such as the Amazon popular brainchild, Alexa, that will, in the near future, shape the way the world interacts with its digital world. He provocatively posed the question,“As this (technology) gets smarter, will it develop personality with all the information it knows about you?”

Bermuda will need to have authentic, but difficult conversations within the perspective of a shared context, he said, to be adequately prepared to face and succeed in the bright technological future that lies ahead of us.

Dr Ilube BC audience