Speed of change will accelerate and Fiji needs to be ready: Prog Healey
8 March, 2019, 10:25 pm
THE speed of change will accelerate and Fiji needs to be ready for the new era of digital technology or we will be swept aside.
This was highlighted by Fiji National University vice-chancellor Professor Nigel Healey during the opening of the National and Productivity Centre, National conference of information technology held at the Pearl Resort today.
“We are in a new era of digital technology, the so-called ‘Industrial Revolution 4.0’, where the Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics are rapidly transforming economies and working practices. New corporations and new business models are rapidly emerging,” Prog Healey said.
He said as the national university, FNU needed to take the lead on closing the digital divide.
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while officiating at the opening of the conference said many people had stated that technology was a very important equaliser among people.
“Yet we’ve repeatedly said that it’s the greatest de-equaliser if you don’t ensure that everyone has access to it,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
“So why should high school students for example sitting in Suva have access to all this technology whereas a child that is going to some high school in Kadavu around some cove where there is absolutely no connectivity, not have access to that technology?”
He added this would create an even greater divide in terms of technological isolation.
The one-day conference has speakers from various organisations such as Vodafone, Ministry of Communications, Huawei Technologies, William & Goslings, etcetera.