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:
Complex critical thinking
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.