“Freedom is the world of joy.”
— Nachman of Breslov
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) or what Europe calls as Industry 4.0 is one of the most haphazard revolutions and its imminent impact looks worrisome. 4IR promised industries a range of business benefits right from improving performance, quality, and safety, to leading modern development, and increasing customer satisfaction by deploying Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Big Data Analytics (BDA), User Behaviour Analytics (UBA) and a long list of new technologies that will evolve in the process.
What stops us from reaching there is overpopulation in Asia, Africa and South America, supported by a negative, rather conservative approach by Europe and Scandinavia. Europe and Scandinavia have lost interest in fighting unemployment, even though it remained disastrously high. These continents demanded spending cuts instead and even started campaigns to curb jobs for talent that is available outside Europe. And this negative approach, unprecedented in a weak economy, slowed the recovery and delayed the return to full employment. Now to make things worse, Germany forced debt-troubled nations in southern Europe into punishing, society-destroying spending cuts; but it also imposed a lot of austerity on itself. It did not promote global talent and as a result consumers and corporations didn’t seem to want to spend enough to maintain full employment.
Most of Europe now has crumbling infrastructure desperately in need of repair. But they refuse to spend. Their negative approach is leading to a bigger disaster for everyone on this planet. Europe and Scandinavia are also destroying global buying power. Most of the industries there are ‘Headless’. This impacts everyone. On the other side, countries like India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Brazil are only adding to the chaos. These countries badly need reforms and must get rid of outdated constitutions, orthodox and barbaric laws, ancient social practices and corrupt public sectors. The middle east is another mess, where countries like Israel, UAE, Qatar, Saudi and Turkey support innovations and promote business and on the other side countries like Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Afghanistan are yet to gain stability.
European and Scandinavian governments, Denmark, Sweden and Germany in particular, should stimulate their economies by creating more jobs and accepting global talent. The current approach will only support Antisemitism, Racism and Religious Hatred which seems to be growing across the globe, thanks to Europe.
It’s false to think that 4IR means no manpower, but it is also false to think that individuals will play the same roles. Indeed, there is a shortage of manpower. A developed country with large scale industries will need an estimated 200,000 new engineers each year until 2024, yet there’s a shortfall of 30,000 average graduates annually, forget talent. Robots do not steal jobs, they do the ones, individuals do not need to do anymore, while Human’s jobs are shifting to jobs with more added value. What leads to failure is the very fact that mediocre humans have split this world into religion, countries, cultures and furthermore continents. The very fact that our social structures and models vary drastically is detrimental to our own progress. To conclude, I would say ‘never forget that 4IR is a matter of survival for humans. We either do it right or cause conditions that could lead to human extinction’.
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