Adapting is key to survival


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 19 Aug 2018

TO THRIVE in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, youths need to be adaptable and not afraid to fail.

This was the key takeaway from Petrosains’ inaugural youth forum titled Future Proofing You: Thriving in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“I fear that there’s been far too much hype for Industry 4.0,” said forum panellist Azran Osman Rani, the chief executive officer and co-founder of Naluri Hidup Sdn Bhd.

From an education point of view, Azran said that the most important aspect is not what subject to study but knowing how to learn.

“Ultimately, it’s not about what you learn today that counts but your ability to adapt,” he said.

Full house at the forum which was the first in the Petrosains Ascend Series.
Full house at the forum which was the first in the Petrosains Ascend Series.

He cited the concept of neuroplasticity where the brain is pliable and capable of growing every time we learn new knowledge.

“This is probably the single most important thing that’s going to help us survive and thrive in the future,” he said.

Azran said that too much focus has been placed on technologies for the sake of technologies without really understanding the underlying problems.

“It’s important for us to find, identify and tackle the real underlying problems in society, be it making services more accessible and affordable or improving people’s lives,” he said.

Industry 4.0 challenges

Held at Petrosains, The Discovery Centre in Suria KLCC on Wednesday, the 90-minute forum featuring a line-up of industry experts on the panel and moderated by Petronas ICT Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Izwan Hasli M. Ibrahim discussed the challenges, concerns and changes related to Industry 4.0.

For Hong Leong Foundation executive director Quek Sue Yian, technologies aren’t necessarily bad.

“We always have to fight for the world we want. To shape our utopia, it’s up to us to converge ethics together with technology to bring about change,” she said, adding that people should be vocal in defining how technology should serve us.

Tengku Nasariah (centre) with (from left) forum moderator Izwan Hasli, and panellists Azran, Quek and Brimo.
Tengku Nasariah (centre) with (from left) forum moderator Izwan Hasli, and panellists Azran, Quek and Brimo.

Sharing the same sentiment as his fellow panellists, Open Learning Global Pty Ltd chief executive officer Adam Brimo said that not much talk was focused on the issues faced by society.

“We’re not really discussing the fundamental issues in society and the right tools that prepare them for the changes to come.

“In particular, I think the education system itself is not currently set up to address some of the challenges that the vast majority face.”

Brimo, a Forbes 30 under 30 Asia 2017 in the Consumer Technology category, said that for far too long the education system around the world had placed much emphasis on memorisation, which was no longer relevant.

“Now, everyone has access to all the information. The idea that you have to memorise information and then prove that you memorised it through exams is no longer relevant as it once was,” he said.

Meeting of minds

The first in the Petrosains Ascend Series, the forum drew a full house crowd and saw healthy discussions between the audience and the panellists.

“We are truly encouraged by this event. It shows that there is a need for people to meet other like-minded individuals and we are creating a space for open discussion,” said Petrosains chief executive officer Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim on the turnout.

The road ahead: (from left) Izwan Hasli, Azran, Quek and Brimo speaking at the Petrosains Ascend Series youth forum which addresses challenges, concerns and changes related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The road ahead: (from left) Izwan Hasli, Azran, Quek and Brimo speaking at the Petrosains Ascend Series youth forum which addresses challenges, concerns and changes related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution

On the forum topic, Tengku Nasariah said that the youths are the ones who would be most affected by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“We focus on the youths and young millenials because not only are they the growing population in Malaysia, but the fast-moving Industry 4.0 will impact them the most,” she said.

As a corporate social responsibility arm of Petronas in the field of education, Petrosains aims to provide engaging and immersive experiences built around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The forums and talks under the Petrosains Ascend Series will provide the public with a common platform to come together to engage in current and critical discourses.

Also present at the youth forum were Petrosains Strategic Marketing and Communications director Shamini Balan, Petrosains Centre of Learning and Innovation director Dr Daniel Loy Hui Siang, and Tandemic chief executive officer and co-founder Kal Joffres.

¦ To watch the recorded live broadcast of the event, go to the Petrosains Facebook page.

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