Governments and organisations all over the world are preparing for the changes brought along by the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). The 4IR builds on the previous Digital Revolution, introducing new ways in which technology becomes embedded within societies and even the human body. Technology of today is more and more blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres, and emerging breakthroughs include robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing and autonomous vehicles.

In the Cloud had the opportunity to conduct a virtual presentation on the 4IR to community/public librarians during their North West Community Library Services Annual Stakeholders Workshop. Although the Internet did not play along, it was possible to present and talk to the librarians in real time., as if there in person. According to feedback received, the attendees experienced it as an eye opener and a breakthrough from traditional ways of presenting. In the Cloud thoroughly enjoyed participating in this webinar, doing what we are passionate about – and that is empowering others with the necessary skills to work more efficient, with the support of technology.

“Thank you for the presentation. Though there were technical glitches, it did not deter the attention of the audience. We were all interested and probably fascinated but what technology can do. The topic was most relevant to all of us in that conference hall, it is challenging and allowing us to find our space in the new era. Thank you to you for challenging us to test the capabilities of Technology and I am sure we will do better in future, we have learned and we will improve on that.” – Tinyiko Sempe, Director Library, Information and Archive Services, Department of Culture Arts and Traditional Affairs


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