South Africa and the 4th Industrial Revolution
President Cyril Ramaphosa officially opened and addressed the inaugural Digital Economy Summit held under the theme: “Advancing the African Agenda on the Fourth Industrial Revolution through Digital Transformation.”
The Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a fundamental change in the way we live, work and relate to one another. It is a new chapter in human development, enabled by extraordinary technology advances commensurate with those of the first, second and third industrial revolutions. These advances are merging the physical, digital and biological worlds in ways that create both huge promise and potential peril.
A live 3D hologram of President Cyril Ramaphosa was transmitted from the Gallagher Convention Centre (where the event was held) to the Rustenburg Civic Centre in the North West.
A live 3D holographic image of President Cyril Ramaphosa transmitted from the Gallagher Convention Centre to the Rustenburg Civic Centre in the North West during the inaugural 4th Industrial Revolution SA – Digital Economy Summit. #4IRSA #4IR #DigitalEconomySummitpic.twitter.com/HMRCDYJ2Z3
A 3D hologram is a projection that exists freely in space and is visible without the need for 3D glasses. It displays products, objects, and animated sequences three-dimensionally and enables seemingly real objects or animations to appear to float completely freely in space.
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