Aiming for a horizontal axis of capabilities rather than a vertical axis of specialisation is how our kids will develop the skills they need. Image: Investec/Getty

Aiming for a horizontal axis of capabilities rather than a vertical axis of specialisation is how our kids will develop the skills they need. Image: Investec/Getty

The relentless pace of technological innovation is transforming the way we work and live. Developments in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, automation and robotics pose a real threat to human jobs, but it isn’t just menial and repetitive trades that are at risk.

The ability to compute billions of data points in seconds, without the veil and influence of human emotion, will supplant professions like diagnostic medicine, accounting and actuarial science.

Thankfully, though, the technologies that characterise the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, will do more than simply replace existing jobs. They will also create new career opportunities and forever reshape the context of work in our lives.

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New career paths will emerge

The question that plagues parents and teachers is: How can learners and scholars today prepare for such an increasingly uncertain future? What we know for sure is that to participate in the digitalised workplace of tomorrow, today’s youth will require a new set of skills and a vastly different approach to education. Read more ...