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Beyond Imagining.

Beyond Imagining Issue 2 encourages curiosity, promotes questioning and champions future-focused thinking. Developed by the University of Johannesburg (UJ), it is a magazine dedicated exclusively to exploring, interrogating and advancing developments in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). And you’re invited along for the ride.

Beyond Imagining Issue 2

This new era belongs to cyber-physical systems that merge the capabilities of humans and machines. It is the period in which artificial intelligence (AI), genome editing, renewable energy, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles, big data and the Internet of Things combine our physical, digital and biological worlds.

~ Professor Samuel Oluwatobi Oluwafemi, senior lecturer and researcher in Applied Chemistry at UJ

What does this mean for you? How do these innovations affect your life, your education, your work, your health and your happiness? In our first edition, we looked at the intersection of 4IR and education. This edition (Beyond Imagining Issue 2) will examine how 4IR is affecting our health and well-being, and the impact it will continue to have as technology evolves.

Join us as we ask the most important questions of our time, and as we uncover their fascinating answers.

Contents

Beyond Imagining Issue 2A 4IR-focused approach to health.

The point at which 4IR and healthcare come together has resulted in some of the most incredible feats…
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4IR plays a critical role in global efforts to address COVID-19.

It’s hard to believe that there isn’t an individual, business or industry that hasn’t been affected…
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UJ develops 3D-printed face shields to protect medical staff from COVID-19.

The team at the UJ Makerspace is developing innovative solutions to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
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How advances in simulation training save real lives.

Simulation training – the process of recreating all the conditions of a rescue or medical scenario…
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UJ professor uses light to save lives.

UJ’s Professor Heidi Abrahamse has been widely recognised for her work in the fields of photobiology…
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How political shifts and sporting wins affect our happiness.

How did you feel when Mmusi Maimane resigned as the leader of the DA towards the end of 2019?
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Tips on coping with stress.

How well or poorly you manage stress can be a major factor in your levels of happiness
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4IR is helping researchers to treat mental health conditions in children.

Studies suggest that about 10 to 20% of children and young people experience mental health disorders worldwide
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An accurate breast cancer diagnosis, soon just a click away.

At the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg, Professor Qing-Guo Wang from UJ’s Institute for Intelligent Systems
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Reusable sanitary pad helps women overcome cultural taboo.

Pia Findlay, a Master’s student in the Department of Industrial Design at UJ, has developed a new menstrual hygiene
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Nanotechnology set to revolutionise cancer treatment.

There’s no doubt that 4IR will continue to have a significant impact on the evolution of global healthcare
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Local learner invents affordable prosthetic hand.

At the age of just 18, Farida Cajee from Hoërskool Schweizer-Reneke in the North West Province has developed…
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