Twenty-two years ago when I was a doctoral student in artificial intelligence (AI) at the University of Cambridge, I had to create all the AI algorithms I needed to understand complex phenomena related to this field. AI is a computer software that performs intelligent tasks that normally require human beings. An algorithm is a set […]
Visual storytelling is a powerful learning tool
Glenn Gillis  May 16 2019
Visual storytelling is fundamental to the human experience, and one of our oldest forms of expression. From using fire to animate cave art, to Greek theatre, film, and television, we’ve adapted the principle to every new technology available to us. This makes it a little odd that educational institutions and workplaces have only recently started […]
On memory of humans
Professor Tshilidzi Marwala  May 15 2019
Last week I visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. The museum covers all aspects of the history of African Americans including the evolution of music such as Jazz as well as Rock and Roll, which the African-Americans introduced to the Western hemisphere. However, what left an indelible mark […]
The risk profile for African swine fever is increasing
Karabo Takadi  May 24 2019
The year 2019 came with its own challenges for the local meat producers. First it was the dry conditions during the planting period for summer grains (an important input in meat production) at the end of 2018, which prevented grain producers from planting the intended area. Not long after that, a Foot and Mouth disease […]
How can Africa indigenise capitalism?
Dr Njeri Mwagiru  May 24 2019
Africa has not had the opportunity to engage with the positive aspects or benefits of capitalism. In Africa capitalism has been a negative force, integrating the continent into the international economy in a position of subservience. The real question arises as to how can Africa indigenise capitalism for their benefit, and have ownership of Africacapitalism. […]
What is our plan with youth in parliament?
Kgabo Morifi  May 24 2019
In his seminal work, Embedded Autonomy: States and Industrial Transformation, American Sociologist, Peter B. Evans, contends that the state has an important role to play in the development of nations. Evans argues that while the bureaucracy requires autonomy from society, a degree of embeddedness is required in order that development can be achieved. The state […]