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These days, honest exchange of ideas are becoming more rare. No thanks to the Internet and social media, we become more drawn to emotionally-charged discussions where facts-driven exchanges take a backseat. A lot of time, Internet users argue incessantly over things which are not even factual to begin with.

This was one of the reasons why SEGi University and Colleges recently organised an Industrial Revolution 4.0 conference in our flagship campus ground in Kota Damansara. Not only was the topic itself engaging, but we managed to invite top minds to share their views, including Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Others who took part in the vibrant discussions include Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok; Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof; Deputy Works Minister Mohd Anuar; Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye and Malaysian Productivity Corporation Chairman, Tian Chua. Captains of industries were also present.

The event was not to get everyone to agree on how to best take advantage of this technological wave of IR 4.0 which is fast sweeping the world. It was to hear different ideas, stir our imaginations and jolt us into thinking out of the box so that we could reap the immense benefits from this global trend.

I think such exchange of ideas are helpful, especially on a topic as important as IR 4.0. Some of the best ideas in the world are borne out of exchanges involving schools of thoughts that are poles apart. Such discussions are certainly better than the unproductive squabbles on social media.

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