Impact of Technology Disruption: Shifting Power Studies in Social Science and Political Science

The report of Economist magazine (2014) illustrates that the increase of irrelevant role of universities in this Industrial Revolution 4.0 era. Not only generating threats, the Industrial Revolution 4.0 also generates opportunities. In this context, UGM as the oldest university in Indonesia needs to respond to these opportunities and challenges. One way is to refresh themselves in the content and methods of education. The goal is that state universities (PTN) can facilitate graduates who are adaptive to changing times.

The Department of Politics and Government (DPP) Fisipol UGM responded to this challenge by holding a series of lectures “PolGov Talks” as a way to refresh education content and methods so that state University can facilitate graduates who are adaptive to changing times.

PolGov Talks first series that took “Technology Revolution and Its Impact on Political Social Life in Indonesia” as its theme was held Tuesday, February 20, 2018 with Prof. Dr. Pratikno as the spekaker. He served as Professor of DPP Fisipol UGM as well as Minister of State Secretary.

Prof. Pratikno explained that the Technological Revolution or the Industrial Revolution 4.0 was one of the stages of the Industrial Revolution that marked the presence of Cyber ​​Physical System, the Internet of Things, and Bio-technology. Unlike the earlier stages of the Industrial Revolution, the Industrial Revolution 4.0 made a significant shift because of the scale of the impact of this revolution. If the first physical, is now virtual. If the first human, now automation.

In relation to the study of power, the 4.0 Industrial Revolution had an impact on the understanding of the concept of “land”, “capital” or “capital” and “natural resources”. The role of civil society is shifting. For example, collective-based efforts such as or wikipedia affects the weakening role of intermediary institutions. “The Industrial Revolution 4.0 disrupts social science and political science far more devastating than previous industrial revolutions,” Prof. Pratikno.

Then how the graduate of DPP can answer the challenge? “Only the learner, adaptive and solution-oriented (agile learner) can escape unpredictable situations to confront the Industrial Revolution 4.0,” he concluded. (KDW / MH)

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