The Man vs Machine Episode

26 September 2018

Vox Pops from the “Man vs Machine” Episode


Man vs Machine

Our panel of experts will debate how the 4th industrial revolution needs to balance humans and technology. We will unpack how machines and people need to complement each other rather than compete for the same work. What are the ethical considerations and how do we ensure that we are training people for complex jobs rather than repetitive tasks.


Kamal Ramsingh

A self-confessed life servant of technology and a senior ICT professional with close to three decades of experience in the sector. Kamal’s experience spans the African continent whilst occupying executive leadership positions at large multi-nationals, listed local businesses as well as small ICT professional services firms. He is currently an active ICT Entrepreneur and acts as strategic advisor to senior CIO’s and emerging ICT SMME’s. Kamal’s entrepreneurial interests include co-ownership and leadership of the Geo Intelligence Group as well as the creation of the Digital CIO Playbook – a toolkit to help new and experienced CIO’s prepare to harness the power of digital within their organisations.

Dr Nicola Taylor

Dr. Nicola Taylor obtained her undergraduate BSc and Honours in Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch before moving to Johannesburg to complete her MSc and PhD (Psychology) at the University of Johannesburg. Nicola also completed her internship as a psychometrist at the Institute for Child and Adult Guidance there. In 2005, Nicola took part in a research exchange programme with the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands, where she spent six months as a research exchange student.

Bongani Sithole

Bongani Sithole is a technologist, Blogger and an entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in the technology industry, with interest in Blockchain, IoT & AI. He started and sold tech businesses. Over the years he has learned to bridge a gap between business needs and technology and thus helping brands to grow their competitive advantage in the market. His experience range from using technology in Digital Marketing businesses to working with start-ups building innovative products and guiding technology direction in relation to global products positioning.

Toby Shapshak

Toby Shapshak is editor-in-chief and publisher of Stuff, a Forbes contributor and a Financial Mail columnist. He has been writing about technology and the internet for 20 years and his TED Global talk on innovation in Africa has nearly 1,5-million views (and has nearly as many views as Richard Branson). He has written about Africa’s tech and start-up ecosystem for Forbes, CNN and The Guardian in London. He was named in GQ’s top 30 men in media and the Mail & Guardian newspaper’s influential young South Africans. He has been featured in the New York Times. GQ said he “has become the most high-profile technology journalist in the country”.