Why youth won’t be able to grab new jobs created in industry 4.0?

Simio's 8 Reasons to Adopt Industry 4.0

There were 4 stages of industrial revolution.
1765 – First Industrial Revolution – because of steam engine.
1870 – Second Industrial Revolution – because of new sources of energy: electricity, gas, and oil, and inventions: internal combustion engine, telegraph and telephone.
1969 – Third Industrial Revolution – because of electronics, telecommunications and computers.
after 2000 – Fourth Industrial revolution ( Industry 4.0) because of high speed internet driving innovations in artificial intelligence, internet of things, smart phones and many many advances in tech every month. Industry 4.0 defines how we live, trade and work in a way we fail to understand. It’s changing too fast.

Industry 4.0 is mostly digital. Digital laughs at the world long gone in analog. Industry 4.0 creates millions of jobs, while eating up existing jobs.

See below video and reflect whether your child is learning the skills explained in this video. Those skills are already in demand, not in future.

Now the biggest issue is our education systems: starting from school to university. We are still feeding youth to an education system introduced in 1940’s which produced employees able to work in Second Industrial Revolution. In Plain speak, that education system produced people good for work in factories and admin work in 1940’s !

Isn’t it crazy to think that we are still using a 100 years old methodology to educate our youth?
Why do you want your child to be caged in 1940’s when you can easily give him access to education that will help him thrive in new jobs created ?

The sticky obstacles: It’s a mind game.
-Getting your child to a reputed school is a status update. New jobs laugh at our obsession with the status play.
– Getting A’s in exams is still a sign of intelligence. Artificially Intelligent machines are laughing at your obsession. Your child is obsolete, even before he steps in to the school.

How to be a good technician. ( A different perspective)

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I meet some remarkable young people in Sri Lanka at the most unlikeliest of places. I found one last week, in front of a hardware store in my neighbourhood. It was 730 in the morning. I was there to rent a water motor, he was there to rent a heavy duty drill. He’s a mechanic, an expert on tractors.

We started chatting. He mentioned about a good mechanic he knows who’s work is like a super charm. I said, there are many good craftsmen in Sri Lanka, under the radar, not getting the recognition and respect. Then he said something amazing, that prompted me to write this post.

“Yes we have great technicians, but they don’t thrive to be what they truly can be. They don’t work hard as much as they are capable. Many form bad habits. They booze, gamble, and go after other women. ”

He went on to say, ” If one has good skills, if one can keep the 5 precepts , one can have a good life, money will come”

The air of confidence he told me this was so powerful, I took his energy in to the rest of my day. He’s 25.

***5 precepts the Buddha recommended for lay people, as found in the Dhammapada

Whoever destroys living beings,

speaks false words, who in the world

takes that which is not given to him,

or goes too with another’s wife,

or takes distilled, fermented drinks —

whatever man indulges thus

extirpates the roots of himself

even here in this very world.

(Dhp. 246-7)