Anglia Ruskin Research Online (ARRO)
Browse
SAJS+119_7-8_Callaghan_4IR+commentary_approved.pdf (206.23 kB)

Revisiting how scientific research drives technological change: The Fifth Industrial Revolution

Download (206.23 kB)
journal contribution
posted on 2024-04-10, 09:47 authored by Chris Callaghan

Moll, Marwala, and Ntlatlapa highlight salient criticisms of terminologies and definitional uncertainties associated with the term ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ (4IR). Scientific research on technological change seems to suggest a need for theoretical synthesis to address a failure of 4IR notions to consider the central role of a revolution in the scientific/knowledge creation process itself – that is seemingly a causal driver of current technological and societal changes. The term ‘Fifth Industrial Revolution’ might helpfully be used to differentiate 4IR debates from those deriving from revolutionary changes in science itself that may underlie our current trajectory of technological change.

History

Refereed

  • Yes

Volume

119

Issue number

7/8

Number of pages

3

Publication title

South African Journal of Science

ISSN

0038-2353

Publisher

Academy of Science of South Africa

File version

  • Published version

Language

  • eng

Item sub-type

Editorial Material, Journal

Affiliated with

  • School of Management Outputs