IUST discusses Age of Disruptive Technologies

CIC Khurshid Ganai delivers special lecture

Awantipora: To highlight the emergence of Fourth Industrial Revolution and advancements in the Emerging Technology, Islamic University of Science & Technology (IUST) today organised a special lecture on “Fourth Industrial Revolution & the Age of Disruptive Technologies” by Chief Information Commissioner Khurshid Ahmad Ganai (IAS) for the varsity students.
In his lecture, Ganai gave a detailed presentation of the subject elaborating on the essential features of fourth Industrial revolution and emerging technology as has been enunciated by CEO World Economic Forum Klaus Shwab in his noted work ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’.
He talked about the pervasiveness of technology in various sectors and how it has eased human life at multiple levels. “Digital revolution, internet and IT are creating more and more efficient and productive systems through Artificial Intelligence, internet of things, Industrial Internet of Things, 3-D Printing and Quantum computing, Big Data analytics, Cloud storage, Virtual reality and these opportunities are all saddling across the physical, biological and technological avenues like health, education, research, human interactions and communication etc,” Ganai said.
Drawing from his experiences, Ganai said that they have seen a shift from a ‘no-technology society’ to a ‘technologically driven world’ and we are ‘living in contradictions’ but today’s generations cannot afford to go away from it or be redundant.
He called up on students to become relevant for the future and ‘Up-skill’ and ‘Re-skill’ themselves accordingly. “The jobs that will be taken up by coming generations are not even there right now so you have to prepare yourself well and keep on upgrading your knowledge and skills consistently. There are regular job layoffs everyday in India and abroad,” Ganai added.
The lecture was followed by an interactive session and in response to one of the queries Ganai acknowledged that the state has a long way to go in order to have a digitised system and e-governance in place.
In his Presidential Address Vice Chancellor Prof. Mushtaq A. Siddiqi expressed his satisfaction over the productiveness of the lecture and called it a ‘unique lecture’ embedded with a plethora of knowledge.
In his speech he contextualised the ‘disruptive technology’ part of lecture and said “technology can be negatively disruptive if it breaks the conventions causing negative impact and interventions like gene editing in embryos done for germ-line introductions for creating designer babies can initiate ethical implications but the same procedures done for genome editing-mediated therapy and gene correction in diseases like Thalasaemia is a blessing for humanity”