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Alibaba's FlyZoo Hotel in China. Pic credit : CNBC

Alibaba’s Robot-operated Hotel

Digital transformation is tricky. Everybody wants to be on board with it, and every company aims to transform itself as a technology company and a disruptor, but few get it right. The reason is that t...

Time to focus on entrepreneurship

According to scientists, half of all current jobs will become obsolete between 2020 and 2030. That is half the world’s workforce that will need to find other occupations. On the flip side of that coin...

We ask the incorrect questions about 4IR

Last week I was invited to speak at the GovTech 2019 conference in Durban on the topic of the future of education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). GovTech is an annual conference organised b...

Fourth Industrial Revolution not entirely a revolutionary concept

What exactly is the 4IR? Last week, Deputy President David Mabuza caused quite a stir, but for all the wrong reasons, when he was quizzed in Parliament about the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and...

Human factor still rules when it comes to machinery and robotics

I often wonder what the role of human beings will be in a future where computers become more capable than we ever imagined, allowing them to do many of the jobs only humans are currently capable of do...

IT varsity’s CEO, Bilal Kathrada, featured in International book.

Local tech entrepreneur earns his place in international book Local software developer and trainer, Bilal Kathrada, has been given a rare honour of being featured in an internationally-published book....

Could AI turn rogue?

In the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tony Stark and Dr Bruce Banner jointly created a powerful artificially intelligent being called Ultron to protect the Earth against all kinds of threats. This was...

Grade 9 exit plan has merit

Is leaving school at grade 9 the best plan to reduce dropout rates? When Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga recently announced that her department was planning to “formalise” Grade 9 as one of t...

More entrepreneurs making the migration to online

Enter the “micro-e-entrepreneurs” Naseema Adams has had enough. She has decided to close her women’s clothing store after four years. “The rentals and operating costs are insane. It’s just...

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