These days you can’t open a newspaper, access an online news site or watch a television news channel without coming across someone talking about the fourth industrial revolution and how it’s going to change our lives. While this may be true for some people, I do not believe, for the medium term, that will be true for all. In fact, I believe the rise of the fourth industrial revolution will exacerbate the digital divide. In places like Hollywood, when your milk is running low your fridge will place an automatic order for more milk from the local Whole Foods Market. However, there are tens if not hundreds of millions across the developing world who have no fridge, no milk and very little food. In the agricultural industry, drone technology is being combined with highly sophisticated surveying technology to allow for precision farming where the needs of every plant can be met and, as a result, produce a much higher yield per square metre. The problem, though, is that in places like Som...

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