‘Disruptive tech is the way to go’


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 31 Dec 2017

PETALING JAYA: Disrup­tive technology creates opportunities for people to offer new services and perform work of higher value, says Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) vice-­president of operations Gurpardeep Singh (pic).

He said many wrongly believe that disruptive technology causes massive job losses as it changes the way services are delivered, where human intervention may no longer be required.

“In fact, disruptions present opportunities for people to re-examine their work, enabling them to see how they can best exploit technology to take away mundane and low-value work.

“People can then reinvent their jobs to perform work which is of greater value, and provide services which have not been available before,” he said.

Citing ride-hailing services such as Uber and online shopping platforms as examples of disruptive technology, Gurpardeep said the future will see continuous waves of digital disruption driven by technology.

Such disruption is the driving force behind Industrial Revolution 4.0 and is poised to change the way people work and live in the future.

He said it is natural to fear anything that changes the status quo, but pointed out that changes are needed for advancement.

“It wasn’t too many years ago that surveys showed most Malaysians being reluctant to make online purchases, for fear of credit card details being stolen.

“Nowadays, online purchases greatly outnumber traditional modes of purchasing.”

Gurpardeep will present an overview on how technology will create and support digital disruptions in a talk titled “Industry 4.0, Digital Disruption and Your Future Careers” at the Star Education Fair 2018.

The fair will be held from 11am to 7pm on Jan 6 and 7 at Halls 1 to 5 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

In his talk, Gurpardeep will also explain how to prepare for a digital economy and what students need to do to be successful in their future careers.

He will elaborate on new skills, attitudes and attributes needed.

“I will outline the tremendous demand and range of opportunities available now and in the future in Malaysia for bright young aspiring technology professionals, and how the Government is spearheading talent development in this area,” said Gurpardeep.

His session will be from 4.20pm to 4.40pm on the second day of the fair.

Students can discover an array of study options and programmes at foreign and local institutions at the two-day fair.

They can also take a career test run by CAREERsense@HELP.

Experts on pre-university education and representatives from colleges and universities will be on hand to advise students and parents on a wide range of certificate, foundation, diploma and postgraduate courses, as well as professional qualifications.

Admission is free and booths are still available for interested exhibitors. For details, call 03-7967 1388 (ext 1233/1475).

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