Singularity: Challenges and Opportunities for Economies in Transition

Moderator: Dr Isayvani Naicker, Chief Director: International Resources

Department of Science and Technology, South Africa

Context: The thesis of technological singularity holds that the development of exponential technologies will trigger runaway technological growth, which will  result in radical changes to society.  This session will focus on the debate of how society, especially in developing countries, but also within the context of global solidarity, should do to anticipate, mitigate and more importantly master and leverage the impact of these technologies.


09:00  Introduction by the Moderator


09:05  Scene-setting contributions


  • Vision for Society 5.0 perspective from Japan, Prof Satoru Ohtake, Japan Science and Technology Agency
  • Industry 4.0 perspective from Europe, Prof Peter Tindemans, Secretary-General, EuroScience
  • South African perspective, Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice Chancellor Designate, University of Johannesburg


09:35  Critical commentary: Prof Rasigan Maharaj, Institute for Economic Research of Innovation, Tshwane University of Technology


09:45  Debate


10:30  End of session


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