Are We Ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Dr. Sarena Abdullah, Ph.D

The prevalent split between humanities and the arts and the science and technology field needs to be addressed and to be addressed immediately. The societal perception on the low employment in the arts and humanities needed to be corrected. In 2015, WEF enlists the top three skills that are valued in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. They are:

  1. Complex critical thinking
  2. Problem-solving,
  3. Creativity

Only in the humanities and the arts based specialization that complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity are part of the fundamental training to the field. The importance of philosophical and critical thinking through humanities, arts and liberal studies needed to be made fundamental, across all fields in the tertiary varsities. Such skills to a certain extent cannot be transferred or translated to robot, at least not yet.

The basis of humanities and the arts is the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe, where one is coached through various reflective and independent thinking assignments. To solve problems, we should understand the logical connections between ideas, their importance and their relevance. The process of identifying, constructing and evaluating arguments is part of the training needed to detect inconsistencies and common mistakes in reasoning and to solve problems systematically.

At the School of the Arts, the larger context of the study of visual culture and creativity is important. Our future depends on this new research that will help us in navigating the unchartered future as more technological advancement evolves.