Speaking during a leadership workshop on the fourth industrial revolution, the Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Joyce Ndalichako said that emerging technologies for artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics, data sciences and 3-D printing, among others, had gained popularity as the most important innovations in the 21st century.
“As such, we have begun to see their wide applications in a number of industries such as finance, education and healthcare. It is therefore important for us to understand how these emerging technologies can be used to provide innovative solutions relevant for our local contexts,” she said.
The workshop was held in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday and had been organised by Sahara Ventures and the embassy of Switzerland as part of the ongoing Sahara Sparks week focusing on the role of Africa in the fourth industrial revolution.
She said that the fourth industrial revolution is another milestone in human development, which is expected to bring about changes in both the way we live and transact our businesses.
“Certainly, technological transformation is occurring at a faster speed than one would imagine, and this speed is expected to increase with time. We, as policy makers, and other stakeholders should reflect on, and ask ourselves as to what extent we are prepared to take advantage of, and fully benefit from technological transformation for socioeconomic development,” she added.
The minister also noted that changes in technology will impact lives of our people in villages, towns and cities.
“Since the impact could be either positive or negative, our preparedness and a clear understanding of the envisaged technological transformation are very important,” she said.