LEAP 4.0 will bring together sharp minds to discuss strategies for Africa to proactively take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The objective is to help our country and the continent to ‘leapfrog’ towards a digital future.
Arts & Humanity
Bio & Nanotechnology
Systems of knowledge production
Knowledge is a social construct. The production of knowledge is a continuous exercise, combining eureka moments and the intention to create understanding of a phenomenon. Humanity has always striven to add new insights to what is already known, making knowledge a ‘signature of modernity’. Given the significant role that knowledge plays in a society it is important to ask questions about South Africa’s readiness to continuously produce new knowledge in the 4IR. The participants in this session focus on systems of knowledge production that are encompassing and accommodate alternative sources of knowledge such as indigenous knowledge systems. The expectation is that the country will engage key players such as research institutions and universities as centres of knowledge production and at the same time reach out to the marginalised.