The survey, which measures public attitudes to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), has also found that while South Africans are “cautiously upbeat’ about the digital economy, between 40% and 50% of respondents lack a basic knowledge of new technologies.
A total of 2763 people – older than 16 – living in private residences participated in the survey. The HSRC, which is expected to release a fuller examination of the results next month, conducted the research to time it with South Africa’s recent Digital Economy Summit hosted by 4IRSA. A report from the conference will be handed over to the Presidential Commission on 4IR to help it, amongst others, start identifying what kind of interventions are needed to lessen the human costs of developments as a result of the 4IR.
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