SINGAPORE (May 3): VUCA – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous – a term originally coined by the American military to describe what today’s leaders must cope with, has quickly become a way to describe the socio-economic landscape.

Evolving technology, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, is one of the reasons for this move towards increased complexity and volatility. As automation makes many manual and repetitive tasks obsolete, the call for a ‘skills-revolution’ has become louder.

At the 2018 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Alibaba’s Jack Ma said that the knowledge-based education approach from 200 years ago would fail children in the future, making them unable to compete with machines. He called for educators to teach soft skills like independent thinking, values, and team work.

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