7th International Visual Informatics Conference 2021

23 - 25 November 2021
Online Conference

4IR is Bedrock of the Digital Economy:
Beyond 4IR — hyperconnectivity of the Neuro Quantified Era

BY Ybhg. Datuk Wira Dr Hj. Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is an inevitable global wave, blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and even biological spheres – significantly impacting the entire economy (government administration, businesses etc.) and societal fabric, down to the individual level. However profound this phenomenon is, the basic concepts exist even today in the everyday technologies we interact with – knowingly or unknowingly. The purpose of technology revolutions should be improving people's lives, yet, without properly implementing the entire system underlining the Digital Economy, the people may not be the ultimate beneficiaries, if not outright victims. Thus, a people-centric technology-enabled hyperconnected society is needed now. Failure to do so puts our digital sovereignty and the people's fundamental freedom at stake, effectively being "digitally colonised". The full extent of this colonisation would manifest itself as the world and the technology layers fully penetrate the human mind in the hyperconnected Neuro Quantified Era in the Fifth Industrial Revolution (5IR). However, there are existing models that we can (and must) adopt immediately to avoid this catastrophic trajectory.

Ybhg. Datuk Wira Dr Hj. Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff
President & Chief Executive Officer


President & Chief Executive Officer
EMIR Research Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

YBhg. Dr Rais Hussin is an avid strategist, perennial wordsmith, accountable and serial entrepreneur, and serious policy intellectual. He has 29 years of experience launching and expanding large, complex, and ultimately successful enterprise initiatives and international programs across a broad range of technical enterprises in for-profit and non-profit environments, that includes but not limited to, The Star, Telekom Malaysia, Teleglobe Canada, MCI WorldCom, Axis Technologies, and Goldnet Resources. Dr. Rais was also the former Chairman of Malaysian Digital Economy Corp (MDEC).

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