4th Industrial Revolution – how does this affect me?

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society. Read more: The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond.

But with new technologies come new questions and challenges. How can we ensure the products we buy online are safe and meet our expectations? Can we trust the services we interact with to keep our personal data secure? How do we know what the implications of artificial intelligence are if we don’t understand how AI systems are making decisions about us? One thing is for certain. To regulate and harness the power of the emerging technologies we have at our disposal, the use of international standards will be essential, read more here.

Consumers Federation of Australia ensures the voice of ordinary Australians is heard in the development of standards via the CFA Standards Project. Can you speak up for consumers? Find out how.