Opinion

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Fibre VS. Satellite: What Tech Comes Out Tops For SA’s Broadband...

by Bernard Greyling With more and more South African neighbourhoods receiving the infrastructure necessary for fibre connectivity, the question that the average South African should be...

Will Privately-Owned Cars Go The Way Of DVDs And CDs?

By Alex Thomson Over the past decade or so, the technology industry has transformed many things we used to buy as physical products into digital...

Dear robot Santa…

In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote to the editor of New York’s The Sun newspaper to ask whether her friends were right to say...

The Challenge Facing Libraries In An Era Of Fake News

Imagine, for a moment, the technology of 2017 had existed on Jan. 11, 1964 – the day Luther Terry, surgeon general of the United...

Navigating Towards Smart Ports in a Digital Storm

By Vino Govender CM(SA) | Executive: Product Innovation and MarketingAs digitisation drives a wave of technological innovation and integration, so an increasing number of...

How Do Children Use The Internet?

By Sonia Livingstone and Mariya StoilovaThe internet has reached almost every corner of the globe, but most research on how it is used, particularly among children,...

Why Don’t More Businesses Encrypt Their Emails?

By Randy Battat, PreVeilMost business-to-business communication involves sensitive information – stuff that the parties really don’t want others to know about. Whether it’s contracts,...

How Wireless Recharging Works – And Doesn’t, Yet

Though the days of hardwired wall-mounted phones are ending and wireless internet connections are common at home and on the go, people are still...

What Netflix’s Involvement In Nigeria’s Massive Film Industry Really Means

Global streaming service Netflix set its eyes a few years ago on Nigeria’s film industry, better known as Nollywood. Distribution of Nigerian movies on...

The African Middle Class Matters: But Not for the Reasons Commonly...

By Henning MelberThese days the African middle class is widely discussed as a phenomenon considered indicative of social change.But a great deal of the debate...

New Kid in Town: Can Kwesé Play Convince S.Africans to Binge-watch...

Every time a new player comes to South Africa to provide video-on-demand (VoD) services there is great fanfare, but with little success so far.The...

Will China’s Moon Landing Launch A New Space Race?

China became the third country to land a probe on the Moon on Jan. 2. But, more importantly, it became the first to do...

The Future of AI-powered Chatbots

by Ben DicksonSince their first appearance decades ago, chatbots have come a long way thanks to leaps in natural language processing and generation (NLP/NLG),...

Facial Recognition: A Subject For Philosophical, Societal And Legal Debate

by Raphaël de Cormis These days, there is much controversy regarding facial recognition technology, widely explored by the media, both online and in print. As...

Emotion-Reading Tech Fails The Racial Bias Test

Facial recognition technology has progressed to point where it now interprets emotions in facial expressions. This type of analysis is increasingly used in daily...

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