Background ISC 2020

The famous science-fiction film, Terminator, describes a fictitious era in a not-so-distant future where robots and artificial intelligence entities are taking-over the earth from human domination. When the movies were first aired in 1984, the realization of such scenario was relatively slim or even non-existence. Robots and artificial intelligence technologies in 1980s were relatively on its early naissance and as such far developed into self-sufficient intelligent being. However, currently the situation for digital, robotic and artificial intelligence technologies have developed significantly, reaching to a level that Terminator scenario might no longer be fictional.

Today, we have reached to an era of industrial revolution 4.0 where lesser or even no human involvement in the industrial system is required. Robot or other artificial intelligence entity may freely make decisions without any human participation in the decisions making process. This a step further than the process of the industrial revolution 3.0 where computers, digitalization and automation had transform production process.

In the industrial revolution 4.0, computers are connected into one another to create a network that think independently from human intervention. The Internet of Things and the Internet of Systems enabled the Industrial Revolution 4.0 and the smart factory to become possible. Machines are become more intelligent as they are able to access more information, the production line become more efficient and efficient and cleaner. A series of those intelligent machines that are connected digitally with one another and make as well as share data showing the true advantage of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

Surely we are not hoping for the Terminator scenario would ever occurred. However, the realization of the extensive impact of industrial revolution 4.0 towards human lively-hood, including towards the global community would be remarkably extensive. Consequently, the younger generation is fundamentally needs to prepare themselves for the changes brings by the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

The aforementioned development is also closely followed by Universities around the world, including by Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (UNPAR). As one of the leading private university in Indonesia, UNPAR is committed to prepare its students and the younger general in general from various Nations in the world in taking advantage of the opportunity it brings as well as overcoming the challenges impacted by the Industrial Revolution 4.0, including its role in shaping a new form of global citizenship among the people and the Nations world-wide.

Therefore, in January 2020, UNPAR will host the International Student Conference on Global Citizenship 2020 (ISC 2020) that choose the theme “The Role of Industrial Revolution 4.0 on Global Citizenship” with the following subtopics: Big Data and IOT, Security and Legal Framework, Employment Competences and Educational Transformation, as well as Ethics and Social Problems.

It is hoped that ISC 2020 will prepare the younger generation, the successor of the civilization, for joining hand together regardless of race, religion or ethnic background in overcoming the challenges of the future as true global citizens.