South Africa ‘in limbo’ regarding the rapidly arriving Fourth Industrial Revolution

South Africa is underprepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0. However, it is not badly underprepared. This was reported by AT Kearney Associate Mark Saunders at the Sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Conference, in Pretoria, on Friday. Industry 4.0 embraces mobile connectivity, artificial intelligence, the Internet of things, next-generation robotics, additive manufacturing (3D printing), wearable technologies, and genetic engineering. AT Kearney is carrying out studies on behalf of the World Economic Forum on the readiness of countries for future production technologies and processes. Countries are not been ranked in terms of their readiness, but rather assigned to one of four categories or archetypes. These are: Global Leaders, Legacy Champions, Followers, and High Potential.