‘Reclaiming the Revolution’ — exploring adventures in politics and leadership at the inflection point of Industry 4.0, and Stephen will be running insight sessions for clients over the summer months, reflecting on the key discussion points.
Stephen comments: “The business challenge of the digital revolution is human not tech. We are on the cusp of a digital revolution which really will change the way we work, interact, think, and do business.
Technology is already becoming capable of performing tasks which until recently were thought to be the preserve of expert humans. That is, it isn’t simply routine functions and unskilled work that is being replaced by machines but also increasingly the complexities associated with trained professionals such as accountants, lawyers and doctors.
Stephen adds: “It would be very easy to accept the fatalism of us all being replaced by robots or ignore the disruption as a fantasy happening sometime in the future. But the big challenge for business is to recognise the transformation of Industry 4.0, and harness its great potential. And now. This is one of the main themes of my new book, Reclaiming the Revolution. It argues that it is a mistake to view this change as something purely about the technology. It needs to be reclaimed for humanity.
“The most successful businesses of the Fourth Industrial Revolution won’t see the new tech as something that can do the jobs of human workers more cheaply. They will deploy the technology so that it collaborates with humans and allows human workers to better collaborate with each other. The great prize of the digital revolution is freeing up humans to do what only they can do — to think, create and innovative.”
Reclaiming the Revolution is published by University of Buckingham Press.
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