Reflections On The Fourth Industrial Revolution

by Freya Scammells

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April '22 Edition

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is clearly upon us - a new era of innovation in technology - and we are excited to keep you updated with what's new! In this monthly feature we bring you up to date on the latest resources, news and insights in the AI community. Happy Reading!

This month in your Reflection X newsletter...

Getting the mix right – Our AI future in design!

When do we need simplicity in technology in the AI-optimised products that we acquire?

How much technology that meets this criteria is actually available?

Is this tech feature-rich whilst also being straightforward?

Is it convenient to work with whilst being complex enough to handle our ever-evolving world?

We will also take a look at the legendary Andrew Ng’s stance on AI in manufacturing and how that could drive additional value back to the consumer.

Then we will move onto our ‘5 top tech innovators and influencers for you this month!’ & our ‘Top 5 Tech innovations ascending and still in the ascendancy’.

We won't forget our Top 4 AI News Stories to keep you right up to date on the best news!

Let's start your tech month of April with ‘Designing the AI future’ with more usable and meaningful AI tech!

Designing The AI Future

Nvidia’s new AI and Omniverse tech is garnering great interest amongst the community with its apparently effortless melding of high performance and usability for the consumer.

When starting our work day and attending the morning meeting via webcam, what is the user usually most concerned with - more powerful systems or more powerful systems alongside more convenience and versatility?

Nvidia seems to have a very compelling take on this.

Additionally, Monocon AI, developed by North Carolina’s State University, has the potential to aid computer vision for auto-mobiles with an apparently improved ability regarding the recognition of three-dimensional objects.

This fascinating tech can be integrated into the driving experience to make it safer and easier for auto-mobile users through AI-Optimised chips.

This is an especially exciting area in this tech age that could benefit us all greatly as time moves forward, but how exactly could they be of benefit and what do they mean to the end user?

The How and The Why: AI to complement our lives

Can AI actually make our lives less stressful and more productive?

‘Stress is associated with close to 120,000 deaths and a $190 billion loss in medical costs every year.’ According to a piece by Greg Okhifun for (quoting US Stress Statistics).

Further, Mr Okhifun states that ‘Stress causes more than one million workers to be absent from work every day and causes business owners to lose nearly $300 million annually’.

As we work, rest and play can The Fourth Industrial Revolution allow us to achieve more through less effort and will society be allowed time off without being overrun by more technology? After the last few years especially, I think you’ll agree we need a bit of a break!

The further we embrace AI collectively and see its advancing ability, we will likely need to focus more on what matters to us, what we need to thrive and what we need to help us enjoy life a little more by way of tech support.

Taking time to reflect on the colossal achievements already made in The Fourth Industrial Revolution and ponder on those that are yet to come is important. 

Let's now take a look at what one of Tech’s greatest innovators proposes for the next 10 years in this amazing industry.

Andrew Ng’s take on AI moving forward.

In a compelling piece by writer George Anadiotis for venturebeat-com, Andrew Ng is profiled and discusses the next ten years in AI from the development side.

The man behind DeeplearningAI and LandingAI now puts the emphasis on AI in manufacturing as being the most optimal route forward for our greater future. The article quotes statistics from a 2021 survey published in The Manufacturer; ‘65% of leaders in the manufacturing sector are working to pilot AI’. In 2017, Landing AI began to facilitate ‘the adoption of AI in manufacturing’, and ‘take AI technology that has transformed internet businesses and use it to help people working in manufacturing.’

With this sector being sidelined in favour of the internet in the previous years, the potential that further-advanced AI-optimised manufacturing can bring could be substantial, however it will probably require a lot of new thinking regarding the AI implementation.  AI for manufacturing may not necessarily be dependent on the old ways; “if someone can get us ten times more computation, we’ll find a way to use it,” according to Ng.

The article touches on the transference of knowledge to AI by manufacturing experts in lieu of the small amounts of data, to draw on in this sector, by comparison to other sectors that AI has been employed in.

In conclusion, designing ultra-value-focused tech, whether it be for the devices we use or to facilitate the valuable industries that we heavily depend upon, could be the key for future technologies to reduce confusion in design. 

5 Top Tech Innovators & Influencers

1. Saurabh Gupta

The CEO of VeriSmart AI and Co-Founder

2. Craig Brown

A highly regarded consultant in Business and Tech

3. Antonio Grasso

Digital Business Innovation Srl CEO and Founder

4. Jovan Stojanovic

A prominent AI and tech entrepreneur

5. Tamara McCleary

A highly respected expert in Big Data

Top 5 Tech Innovations

1. More Healthcare AI

According to, new AI now has an ability to ‘improve polyp detection’ and ‘from nine locations across England’ this new AI is now being used by researchers to allow ‘doctors to detect signs of bowel cancer at its earliest stages’.

2. More AI Creativity

Applying AI in a creative endeavour.

According to with a report by OII researcher Anne Ploin, uncertainty in the area of creative arts and AI falls under 3 key questions:

‘‘How does using generative algorithms alter the creative processes and embodied experiences of artists?"

"How do artists sense and reflect upon the relationship between human and machine creative intelligence?"

"What is the nature of human/algorithmic creative complementarity?’’

3. Even more 'Big Data'

We have covered this area before, but Big Data is growing (ever more rapidly) from strength to strength and as the technology we utilise gets more and more advanced, it will also thirst for more information.

According to, Google gets over 3.5 BILLION searches EVERY day!

4. Nvidia AI

Whether it be taking segmentation maps and creating photorealistic images from them, or to quote NVIDIA, ‘look picture-perfect for every video call’ with the help of AI, the company is showing some amazing versatility in their technology.

Please check out the Maxine AI portion of this video (at 20 minutes 30 seconds on), to see NVIDIA’s AI transform an English-only speaker into a real time translated fluent-in-another language conference leader.

5. Nvidia Omniverse

Technology that allows computers to, amongst other things, render 3D objects from a series of 2d photographs. This could lead to fascinating worlds in the metaverse.

Further, according to Stephen Shankland writing for, this tech includes ‘autonomous vehicle technology that turns video into a 3D model of streets so developers can replay many variations of that scene to improve their vehicles' behavior.’

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Top 4 AI News Stories

1. MIT launches 'the AI Hardware Program'

In AI News recently, news of a new AI program has been released, according to writer Ryan Daws.

To quote from the piece, “A sharp focus on AI hardware manufacturing, research, and design is critical to meet the demands of the world’s evolving devices, architectures, and systems,” according to dean of the MIT School of Engineering, and Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: Anantha Chandrakasan. 

Mr Chandrakasan also states that “knowledge-sharing between industry and academia is imperative to the future of high-performance computing.”




2. AI helps Holocaust survivors to tell their stories

In this moving and educational piece by Lesley Stahl for CBS’ ‘60 minutes’, the journalist interviews Holocaust survivor Aaron Elster 4 years AFTER his passing.


3. Top talent departs Meta's AI

According to Sam Shead for, prominent talent has left Meta’s AI numbering 4 ‘in recent months’.

To quote the piece, ‘“Meta’s London office just collapsed and they lost most of their [top] researchers in the span of six weeks,” said Karl Hermann, AI entrepreneur who previously worked at rival lab DeepMind.’



4. Westham United embraces AI

According to their website:, the famous football club has partnered up with ‘Cambridge based artificial intelligence lab’, as the club’s ‘first Official Artificial Intelligence Partner of the men’s and women’s teams.’


About the Author

Freya supports the tech talent toolbox arm of Reflection X where she is coaching technologists to achieve their full potential. With over 10 years of experience within the Tech and AI recruitment space, she has been from working closely with thousands individuals and leaders during hiring processes while partnering with very early stage start-ups all the way to some of the top AI Labs in the world.

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