The world is going through a fundamental transformation, which is changing the way we live, work and think. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is ushering in dramatic change and giving rise to a future filled with exciting opportunities and new challenges. Together, governments and businesses must find solutions to society's most pressing needs – from creating a carbon-free economy to tackling population growth and urbanization.
In any period of rapid change there is an inclination to look for a simple fix, to usher in the new and replace the old way of doing things. But a closer look at the facts tells a different story. Complex problems require many solutions working in harmony to enable positive change.
The challenge for scientists and engineers is to provide solutions anchored in fact, data and today's realities. And while technologies offer new tools to help uncover solutions, the process also requires hard work, imagination and lots of innovation.
Success rests on implementing and delivering practical, realistic, long-term solutions that make the world cleaner, safer and more sustainable.