As the end of the second decade of the 21st century approaches, a massive change is unfolding in South Africa – no less than in every other country. It is the Fourth Industrial Revolution and it has to do with the very way we think because it is about the way that machines think. Machines, through the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI), have begun to do so much of our thinking for us. And that means we have no option but to do a great deal of thinking about them. In response to this exciting challenge, and in recognising its responsibility as a technological and academic leader in Africa, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has devised a programme of web-based discussion panels that include academics, media, students, alumni and industry experts. Fit for the future? UJ is hosting a series of three “Cloudebates” (cloud-based debates) that will have real implications for education and employment. These debates are an integral part of the university’s commitment to inter...

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