IT varsity Tech Watch

IT varsity Tech Watch

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There are two things we are totally passionate about: technology and education. Nothing gives us more joy than teaching and empowering people. In this podcast we (father and son duo from South Africa) discuss the latest trends and life changing innovations in technology.


Incorrect Perceptions about Smart Cities
Aug 27 • 22 min
South Africa is long overdue for Smart Cities Last week I was invited to speak on the Economics Unbound programs on the SABC Live News channel. The topic was Smart Cities, and we discussed various aspects, primarily whether President Ramaphosa’s vision…
Rise of the megacities
Aug 27 • 21 min
We are living in a time when the world’s population is experiencing accelerated growth. According to the study, by the end of this century 25% of the earth’s population, which will hit the 13 billion mark, will reside in urban areas. This will give rise…
How cities are becoming smarter
Aug 27 • 23 min
In 2006, for the first time in human history, the number of people living in urban areas equaled the number living in rural areas. This was due to what is often labelled as the “biggest mass-migration in history”, where the world’s population is moving in…
Don’t dismiss President Ramaphosa’s smart city idea
Aug 27 • 23 min
The recent announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa about developing a “smart city” in South Africa has created quite a stir and has triggered a lot of conversation. Unfortunately, it seems not many people are thrilled about the idea.
Retail Genesis
Aug 27 • 23 min
Naseema Adams has had enough. She has decided to close her women’s clothing store after four years in operation.  “The rentals and operating costs are insane. It’s just not worth it anymore,” she says. Naseema has decided to become part of a global…
Why is online retail taking over?
Aug 27 • 22 min
In the previous episode, we spoke about the impact of ecommerce on traditional brick-and-mortar stores. But why is ecommerce so successful, and why is it taking so much away from traditional stores?
The Retail Apocalypse
Aug 26 • 23 min
The ongoing “retail apocalypse” in the United States has claimed more victims in the first quarter of this year than all of 2018 combined. By end April this year, almost 6000 retail stores closed down in the US, while the total number of store closures in…
Cryptocurrency
Aug 26 • 22 min
Cryptocurrencies have gained a lot of negative publicity recently, due in large part to their wildly volatile prices, but also due to reports of cryptocurrency theft to the value of over US$ 1 billion in 2018 alone. This is particularly alarming for a…
How Blockchain can revolutionize the vehicle industry
Aug 26 • 22 min
Imagine if there was a database that collected and stored information about every vehicle on the road, from the time of it’s manufacture to the present moment. This database would track every transaction that took place relating to the car.…
Blockchain and Bitcoin are not the same
Aug 26 • 21 min
Let me start off by clarifying a huge misconception: the blockchain is not the same thing as Bitcoin. They are two very different technologies, even if they are somewhat connected.
Project Apptrepreneur
Aug 26 • 21 min
There is urgent need in South Africa to combat unemployment by means of empowerment as opposed to charity. With the world transitioning into the 4th Industrial revolution, there is an abundance of technology opportunities yet the unemployment rate in…
Great internet in the sky
Aug 26 • 20 min
Elon Musk has done it again. Just when we think the South African-born entrepreneur has no more cards up his sleeve, he amazes the world once again with a new and mind-blowingly amazing concept.
Can South Africa catch up technologically to the rest of the world or is it to late?
Aug 26 • 25 min
It was with great excitement and enthusiasm that I learned about your decision to set up a presidential commission on the fourth industrial revolution. I believe it is a positive step in the right direction for our country, even though many people say it…
Should tech companies share their technology with militaries?
Aug 26 • 25 min
Should tech companies work with governments and militaries, knowing that their technology might be used for war? This is a major dilemma that US tech giants like Microsoft and Google are currently facing.
A Battery Operated World
Aug 26 • 22 min
The energy situation in South Africa is unsustainable, and it is not just the poor and working class who are suffering; the entire economy is feeling the pain, and it is just a matter of time before it reaches the verge of collapse, unless we do something…
Why has South Africa lagged so far behind in solar power production?
Aug 23 • 25 min
China has solar power plants that cumulatively produce more than four times South Africa’s total electricity needs. The question is, why has South Africa lagged so far behind the rest of the world in solar power production?
New plastic recycling process
Aug 23 • 23 min
Ever since its invention by Leo Baekeland in 1907, plastic has transformed our world in countless ways. It is simply not possible to imagine a world without plastics: everywhere you look, you will find plastics. But what was a miracle for us, has turned…
What are Social Media Networks Doing to Prevent the Spread of Hate Speech?
Aug 23 • 21 min
When Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in 2004, there was no way he could have known that his little website was going to become the world’s most popular social network with nearly 2 billion registered users. He also could not have known that his social…
IBM’s 5-in-5 predictions (Part 2)
Aug 23 • 20 min
In this episode, we continue our discussion on IBM’s 5-in-5 predictions. The five technologies that are going to transform society in the next 5 years.
IBM’s 5-in-5 predictions (Part 1)
Aug 22 • 19 min
What are the five technologies that are going to fundamentally reshape business and society in the next five years? Some of IBM’s leading researchers shared their thoughts on this at IBM’s annual Think conference.
Career tips for the 21st century
Aug 22 • 21 min
In the previous episode we talked about several in demand jobs that are going to go extinct within the next ten years. However, all hope is not loss. Although the advancements in technology will undoubtedly lead to job loss, it will also create an…
Jobs that have gone or will go extinct by 2030
Aug 22 • 19 min
With the explosive advancements in technology, many in demand jobs today are going to go extinct within the next 10 years
Can we blame technology for people’s job loss?
Aug 22 • 21 min
Technological advancements and automation has always lead to job loss, and with the rate technology has been advancing and continues to advance, this is only going to get worse. But who’s really to blame?
The Electric Car Revoluiton
Aug 22 • 21 min
In this episode we talk about electric cars. The technology that has the potential to transform the world of transport and completely change the economies of countries.
Augmented Reality
Aug 22 • 22 min
In this episode we talk about augmented reality, the technology that merges the real world with the virtual worlds behind our phones and computers, and the impact it can have on our everyday lives.
The end of the cell phone
Aug 22 • 24 min
In this episode, we talk about some of the gadgets that a couple years ago could have been found in every home but have today become completely obsolete. We talk about the likeliness that this could also happen to mobile phones, and sooner than you’d…
South African Tablet Rollout at Schools
Aug 7 • 22 min
In this episode we discuss the recent plan by the Department of Education to rollout tablet PC’s to nearly 23 000 schools in South Africa.
Children and Technology
Aug 7 • 21 min
In this episode we discuss one of the most contested topics around technology: children and technology.
Great Pioneers of Technology
Aug 7 • 18 min
In this episode we take a look at some of the great minds throughout history who have shaped the way we use technology today.