Robots

The computer-human relationship is evolving

Many of us already talk to our computers and soon they may suggest better ways for us to work

The future of work we want

The world of work is changing and with it inequalities will be exacerbated unless a social agenda is in place and education institutions gear up

Chip labour: Robots replace waiters in restaurant

The futuristic restaurant concept is the latest initiative in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's push to modernise service

Prepare for the time of the robots

A future artificial intelligence-assisted economy means education must get with the programme

Old dog, new tricks: Sony unleashes ‘intelligent’ robot pet

The 30-centimetre long hound-like machine comes complete with flapping ears and its eyes can show various emotions.

Somaliland’s voting technology shows how Africa can lead the world

In an extension of technological leapfrogging, Somaliland will become the first country in the world to use iris recognition in an election

Jobs and robots: Bracing for technological disruptions to come

Rapid advances in artificial intelligence and the fear of joblessness have led to developments on what to do to ensure that robots don’t steal jobs.

Face scanners, robot cleaners to make flying a breeze

Biometric technology has the potential of transforming the experience of airport travel

Eish, robot: Automation is eating jobs

‘Premature deindustrialisation’ is relegating more and more of our workforce to the service industry

Versatile ‘cockroach’ robots to the rescue

The much-loathed cockroach is the inspiration for a new robot which has been earmarked for a range of uses, including search and rescue missions.

Bid to ban autonomous killing machines

Over 10 000 people have signed a letter in favour of banning artificial intelligence weapons that select and engage targets without human intervention

Google robots for the operating theatre

The robots will help minimise trauma and damage to the patient by aiding surgeons in minimally invasive operations, giving operators greater accuracy.

Latest

State capture commission granted a 13-month extension

Judge Wendy Hughes says this is the final extension because finality is "owed to the nation"

eThekwini commuters pay for council’s contracts

Perhaps a commission of inquiry can shine the spotlight on public transport in Durban, where bus and taxi passengers have to contend with fare increases and disrupted services

Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip: The guerilla priest

From his adventures with Steve Biko to his support for shack dwellers in KwaZulu-Natal, Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip has always walked the talk of radical Christianity

Press Releases

Achieving the litmus test of social relevance

The HSS Awards honours scholarly works based on their social relevance and contribution to the humanities and social sciences

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs