Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, the internet of things and quantum computing are expected to unlock unprecedented levels of computing power. These so-called fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies will power the future economy and bring new levels of efficiency and automation to businesses and consumers. AI in particular holds enormous promise for organisations battling a scourge of cyber attacks. Over the past few years, cyber attacks have been growing in volume and sophistication. The latest data from Mimecast's State of Email Security 2022 report found that 94% of South African organisations were targeted by e-mail-borne phishing attacks in the past year, and six out of every 10 fell victim to a ransomware attack.
Brain to Computer Interfaces (BCI) are a tough subject to write on. The most current technology is likely in the research stage and is not yet being publicly reported. So let's take a look at what has been reported over the last couple of years with the understanding that scientists are likely years ahead. In other words, the technology is here….we The first publicly reported successful and non-non-invassive BCI was reported in a press release and titled the "Brainternet" by the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
South Africa is joining global non-profit organisation, City.AI, which organises gatherings of artificial intelligence (AI) practitioners on a quarterly basis across over 40 cities to share challenges and lessons in applied AI. SA is the newest member of the organisation and Cape Town will host its first City.AI event on 27 March. City.AI also plans to announce events in Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana soon. City.AI's goal is to make AI better by proactively tackling the issue of application of AI with the right people in cities across the globe using local ambassadors to grow and advance the AI community. "Our goal is to multiply the AI talent pool and allow for better application of AI globally," City.AI says on its Web site.
Born in South Africa, he was educated at the South African College High School, took a first degree at the University of Cape Town in 1934 and a doctorate in Mathematical Physics at the University of London in 1953. After a spell as demonstrator in physics at Cape Town, he emigrated to Britain. Prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, he undertook ionospheric research in Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, transferring to the Government's Telecommunications Research Establishment after the outbreak of hostilities to carry out research on radar. In 1941, he enlisted in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, leaving in 1943 to go to Aberdeen University to run a special degree course for radio officers under the wartime Hankey Scheme. After the war was over, he returned to industrial research, first until 1949 in Mullard's Radio Valve Company on microwave electronics and then on television and photo-electric tubes at EMI's Research Laboratories.