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Beyond Imagining.

In every issue of Beyond Imagining Issue 4, the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) digital magazine on advances in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), we examine a different theme. These themes are always relevant to our times and, in recent months, have included discussions on how 4IR intersects with education, healthcare and the environment.

But as the world battles Covid-19, there is perhaps no topic more pertinent than the economy. While some 33 million (and counting) of the world’s population of 7.5 billion people have been affected by the virus physically, there is barely a nation, community or individual that has not been affected economically.

We have all felt or observed the impact of businesses closing and mass retrenchments, of diminishing essential goods and rising food prices.

How – in this context specifically as well as generally – do we begin to think about economic sustainability? What is it, and what role does technology play in helping us to make it a reality? Read on as we explore this theme in our fourth issue of Beyond Imagining issue 4.



beyond-imagining-issue-4What is economic sustainability?

In technical terms, economic sustainability refers to the long-term economic growth…
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beyond-imagining-issue-4How AI could help South Africa fight corruption.

In 2017, a report by the Public Affairs Research Institute argued…
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beyond-imagining-issue-4The economic blow of Covid-19.

The Covid-19 pandemic has not only been a global public health crisis…
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beyond-imagining-issue-44IR and Covid-19: How global developments affect universities.

The sustainability of local and national economies depends on a steady supply of skilled and educated people…
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beyond-imagining-issue-4UJ uses technological advances to tackle unemployment.

The edges of his suit are sharp and crisp. Dark and funky spectacles frame eyes that flash with curiosity and zeal…
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beyond-imagining-issue-4If you’re interested in finance, you need to understand blockchain.

For the last 10 years or so, blockchain has been a major financial buzzword…
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beyond-imagining-issue-4South African Mint commemorates ophthalmological invention.

In 2016, the South African Mint introduced a South African Inventions series, designed to showcase major inventions and firsts…
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beyond-imagining-issue-4Entrepreneurship contributes to sustainable economic growth.

Covid-19 has shone a spotlight on the power of entrepreneurship. With the agility and innovation that so often defines…
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beyond-imagining-issue-4An equal byte of the apple.

What’s the connection between voice commands that can’t be recognised, airbags that kill rather than save, artificial hearts too heavy for the chests…
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