We’re in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, a time when advances in artificial intelligence, robotics internet of things, quantum computing, 3D printing, and other technologies are changing the way we live and radically disrupting almost every business sector.
These fast-paced technological innovations are changing the world of work and some jobs are transforming faster than others.
As many relate the changes to digital technologies, they also relate future skills directly to digital skills.
A few years from now, many of the skills that were deemed important for today’s workforce will have changed, and just as experts have been predicting, we will soon share our workplace with artificial intelligence and bots so to succeed in the future workplace, we need to start acquiring digital skills that will help us stay ahead of the curve.
Mercy George-Igbafe, the founder of Learntor shares with us how and why we should acquire skills that will help us prepare for future job roles.
CFA: Mercy glad to have you on the show today.
Mercy: Thank you so much, Fred, Tech Trends, and most importantly, Channels Television. I’m so grateful for this opportunity.
CFA: All right, so when you think about technology and development, what comes to your mind?
Mercy: I see technology as a huge blessing to a lot of us and I equally see missed opportunities by Africans, missed opportunities by African business owners, missed opportunities for all of us Africans just because of the kind of development and the kind of sporadic return on investment that technology has brought, I just feel that Africans, we’re still playing catch-up, we’re not there, still technology is great, it’s a huge opportunity connecting people from one to the other but I just see missed opportunity for Africans.
CFA: yeah but so, do you think that Nigeria in particular, do you think we are making the most of technology across the board whether is government, private sector. What’s your take?
Mercy: yes we are but in the wrong places. I remembered when I came to Channels and I was sharing about stats as of March, April, I went to Google inside just to check what Nigerians were checking online and it was quite fascinating to see that in 2020, Nigerians are searching how to write formal letters so you can see there’s a major gap there. As of August, the social media report showed the number one social media users globally but what are we doing on the internet is the big question. ( Watch the full video here)
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