General Meeting and Forum

Welcome to The 2019 General Meeting and PIESA-IERE South Africa Forum

Main theme : Electricity & the 4th Industrial Revolution - an Africa perspective

What is the 4th Industrial Revolution?

In a nutshell, it is the advancement and emergence of new technologies that is ushering in a new era that sees a greater impact of digitization on our lives, in ways that are new and unanticipated.

As a quote from an article on the World economic forum website, “The Fourth Industrial Revolution can be described as the advent of “cyber-physical systems” involving entirely new capabilities for people and machines. While these capabilities are reliant on the technologies and infrastructure of the Third Industrial Revolution, the Fourth Industrial Revolution represents entirely new ways in which technology becomes embedded within societies and even our human bodies.”

With emerging technologies moving at a rate of knots, the question then is, what do we want these technologies to do for us and what impact will it have on all of us?

As the novelist William Gibson famously said: “The future is already here – it's just not very evenly distributed.” Indeed, it is time to see an even distribution of this potential. It is time for Africa!

Who Should Attend?

The Forum is intended for experts actively involved in the selected themes, from IERE members and non-members, as well as all those interested in the evolution of the electrical power industry and the technology development and business development opportunities associated to this evolution. IERE will invite prominent speakers for keynote speeches.

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