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Third Africa Forum on STI

Third Africa Forum on STI: Building on Science, Technology and Innovation to Boost Private Sector and Socio-Economic transformation in Africa
February 10-12, 2018 in Cairo, Egypt

The third edition of the Africa Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation ("Africa STI Forum") will be held from February 10-12, 2018 in Cairo, Egypt. Co-organized by the African Development Bank and the Egyptian government, the event is also supported by the Republic of South Korea, Japan and other partners.

The fourth industrial revolution is now in motion, merging technologies and blurring the boundaries between physical, digital and biological spheres.

With this in mind, this third edition of the Africa STI Forum emphasizes the importance of research to foster innovation and exploitable goods and services, by focusing on the private sector in five areas: climate change, nutrition, water, ICT and pharmaceuticals - five selected areas as they offer tangible opportunities for economic transformation in Africa.

Objective: To achieve economic growth and enhance the competitiveness of the African private sector through the use of science, technology and innovation. This, by urging the countries of the continent to invest more in research, higher education and science, to build a knowledge economy and not to miss the train of the new industrial revolution on the move.

As a space for exchange and promotion of knowledge, the STI Forum allows a wide dissemination of the latest knowledge and technologies, best practices both at regional and global level, besides promoting entrepreneurship in higher education as well as in science and technology. African political leaders and other decision-makers - current and future - have the opportunity to draw together a common roadmap for scaling up science, technology and innovation for the African continent.

Register here - https://surveys.afdb.org/opinio/s?s=STIForum2018


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UPDATE: State of the Future version 19.0


UPDATE: State of the Future version 19.0

The updated State of the Future 19.1 (print and downloadable) can be ordered at:

The difference between version 19.0 and 19.1 is the addition of infographics

Download infographics separately at:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 January 2018 10:51

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Governing the rise of Artificial Intelligence


Governing the rise of Artificial Intelligence
A Global Civic Debate
From September 7th, 2017 to March 31st, 2018

Re-inventing Man & Machine Relationship
Rights, Ethics & Bias

Humans are increasingly fostering relationships and bonds with machines. The amount of time we spend and the way in which we interact with our smartphones is becoming a vital part of our life. As AI changes the way we perceive our relationship with machines, can this bond pioneer paths to greater human empowerment?

In an era when we rely increasingly upon intelligent albeit “black boxed” machines to perform tasks previously performed by humans, how can we embed ethical design and operation principle in the development of AI systems?

Cognitive Sciences have demonstrated that all humans are affected by cognitive biases. So, when black-box algorithms make predictive assessments based on human datasets, the results can dangerously amplify existing biases. How do we create a bias-free or correcting AI system?

Join the debate and share your thoughts! #AIforGood


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Event: South Africa’s future in the hands of the ANC


Event: South Africa’s future in the hands of the ANC

Date: 06 Dec 2017
Time: 18:00 to 20:00
Venue: 6 Spin Street, Cape Town

The stakes for South Africa’s future have never been higher, as the African National Congress (ANC) heads towards its elective conference in December.

The ANC is racked by division and corruption. Front runners for the party’s leadership, Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, represent two very different visions for the ANC and ultimately the country. Whatever the outcome, the difficult tasks of tackling state capture and a reviving a moribund economy will remain.

This seminar will look at the possible outcomes of the conference and their impact on South Africa’s future.



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State of the Future version 19.0


State of the Future version 19.0

by Jerome C. Glenn, Elizabeth Florescu, and The Millennium Project Team

“An important example of using scientific methods and collective intelligence to help us understand and act better for the future.”
— Phil Mjwara, Director General, Ministry of Science & Technology, South Africa

“Outstanding report!”
— Jim Spohrer, Director, Cognitive Opentech Group, IBM

“A high level, reliable intellectual compass for the conflict ridden, and uncertain world advancing toward the mid-century.”
— Mihály Simai, former Chairman, United Nations University

“The indispensable guide for futurists and aspiring global citizens everywhere.”
— Hazel Henderson, Futurist, author, CEO, Ethical Markets Media

“Without this kind of guidance, many people would lose their way and get lost in their decision making process.”
— Julio Millan, President, Azteca Corporation, Mexico

“The State of the Future has proved useful for better addressing our resilience objectives.”
— Lina Liakou, Thessaloniki Vice Mayor and Chief Resilience Officer

“Great source of inspiration and focus to our organizations.”
— Michael Bodekaer, CEO, Learn-Technologies


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Follow-up Horizon Scan on Priorities for Social-Ecological Scenarios


Follow-up Horizon Scan on Priorities for Social-Ecological Scenarios

Dear colleagues,

We are happy to have launched the second stage of our horizon scan on priorities for social-ecological scenario research.

During the first stage we have 'harvested' 62 priority questions and issues, from >40 researchers and practitioners, from >35 institutions from all over the world, for which we are grateful.

With a small team we organized, merged and clustered these contributions into 28 key questions in 5 different categories. These 28 questions now serve as the basis for the second stage - the scoring and ranking phase. We ask researchers and practitioners to rate all the 28 questions, which allows ranking and revealing the real priorities. Also, we ask participants to suggest any crucial questions currently missing from the list.

Herewith I like to invite you to contribute to this second stage. The online form can be found here: https://goo.gl/VshWk8

It will take approx. 10 minutes of your time. The success of this community-based assessment greatly depends on the willingness of researchers and practitioners to contribute. We highly appreciate your effort.

In case you have contributed to the first stage of this Horizon Scan, please note that it may be possible that you do not immediately recognize your original suggestion, as we may have edited and merged questions with similar or overarching questions. If you think none of the final 28 questions cover the key point of your original contribution, and there is thus a crucial question missing from this list, please enter the question as a new contribution.

The results of this second stage will be shared with the community, and form the basis for a final iteration. More information about the project and the process can be found on the welcome page of the online form.

Please feel free to share this request with fellow scenario experts and practitioners.

Thanks in advance,

Kind regards,
Jan Kuiper
Dr Jan J. Kuiper | Postdoctoral fellow under the Wallenberg Programme | Stockholm Resilience Centre | Stockholm University | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | +46737078870 | www.stockholmresilience.org | Subscribe to our newsletter: www.stockholmresilience.su.se/subscribe

Natural Capital Project | www.naturalcapitalproject.org

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