The most commonly used test for evaluating auditory sensitivity among people of almost all-ages is pure tone audiometry. This method has been proven to be reliable in measuring hearing, especially in adults. While pure tone audiometry can be used in very young children and in adults, it is unreliable when used to test children or adults who may not understand instructions.
Gone are the days when women were confined to the boundaries of the home and household chores. Women are now leading professionals, CEO’s, MD’s and engineers just to name a few. They are continually breaking boundaries and challenging stereotypes in society. One such woman is Dr Nandipha Sekeleni. She is the epitome of an all-rounder who inspires young women to reach further and tap into their endless capabilities.
The second wave of technological disruption is well underway. Like a tsunami headed for the shore, the fourth industrial revolution is not losing momentum. This second wave doesn’t seem as disruptive as the one before it, but it’s one not to be underestimated.
As mentioned in the previous post on Industry 4.0, optimization of computer systems and automation are at the core of this revolution. Bots now display abilities that simulate human behavior with an intelligence never thought of before. Systems in manufacturing are also being improved, accelerating the quantity and quality of their output. Incredible isn’t it? Not only can more be done in less time, but more can be done with less resources spent.
Gone are the days where water wheels and steam engines were the primary source of power. Electricity took over and led the world from the first industrial revolution to the second. This new found power source, electricity, meant that systems could be improved and processes accelerated, paving the way for mass production. However, the establishment of the third revolution saw the influx of disruptive technologies, namely computerization and automation.
The expression ‘less is more’ is not always true. In healthcare, where the output is directly related to the input, the idea that one can yield a greater output with less input is both unreasonable and illogical. In this case, ‘more is more’. But what if we flipped the script and proposed the phrase ‘more is less’. This idea, commonly known as the economies of scales, dates back to the 1700’s. This principle explains the advantages obtained when goods are purchased in large quantities and forms the basis of health care solutions for the masses.
In a time when almost everything in society is either automated or portable, why is it then that certain sectors are being left behind?
The answer to this question isn’t straightforward that’s for sure, but regardless of its nature, it’s one that needs to be addressed.
The digital age marked a time in human history when the transition from traditional industry, i.e. the Industrial Revolution, to the information technology occurred. It defined a period when information was now transferred freely and swiftly. It was the beginning of an age that would not only revolutionize how things are done but how they are shared as well.