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Leap 4.0: African Perspectives on the Fourth Industrial Revolution seeks to identify the challenges and opportunities the 4IR presents to South Africa and the rest of the African continent, especially to workers and marginalised sectors of society. Authors examine the prerequisites for the successful introduction of the 4IR, including infrastructure, skilled personnel and appropriate regulation. They underline the importance of inclusive innovation, with a deliberate objective to create net new jobs and reduce inequality. The 4IR is well established in many parts of the world, with technological advances driving profound social and economic change. However, for many developing countries, particularly countries in Africa, the 4IR may not offer the anticipated 'leap' forward. There is a danger that the continent may find itself dictated to by experiences that are not in tune with its social contexts.Leap 4.0: African Perspectives on the Fourth Industrial Revolution seeks to identify the challenges and opportunities the 4IR presents to South Africa and the rest of the African continent, especially to workers and marginalised sectors of society.

Authors examine the prerequisites for the successful introduction of the 4IR, including infrastructure, skilled personnel and appropriate regulation. They underline the importance of inclusive innovation, with a deliberate objective to create net new jobs and reduce inequality.

The 4IR is well established in many parts of the world, with technological advances driving profound social and economic change. However, for many developing countries, particularly countries in Africa, the 4IR may not offer the anticipated 'leap' forward. There is a danger that the continent may find itself dictated to by experiences that are not in tune with its social contexts.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. x-xi
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xii-xix
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  1. Acronyms and abbreviations
  2. pp. xx-xxvi
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  1. Introduction. Framing the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the context of Africa
  2. Erika Kraemer-Mbula, Zamanzima Mazibuko-Makena
  3. pp. 1-32
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  1. Section One. Emerging Technologies and Inclusive Innovation
  1. One. A new digital deal rather than a Fourth Industrial Revolution policy?
  2. Alison Gillwald
  3. pp. 33-65
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  1. Two. From science, technology and innovation to Fourth Industrial Revolution strategies in Africa: The case for indigenous knowledge systems
  2. Chidi Oguamanam
  3. pp. 66-97
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  1. Three. When algorithms meet humanity
  2. Duduetsang Mokoele, Nomaqhawe Moyo, Lerato Mahlangu
  3. pp. 98-125
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  1. Four. Why African natural language processing now? A view from South Africa #AfricaNLP
  2. Vukosi Marivate
  3. pp. 126-152
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  1. Section Two. Human Capability Formation
  1. Five. Education and skills development in the South African Fourth Industrial Revolution: Confronting the dynamics of human capabilities, technological change and structural inequality
  2. Michael Gastrow
  3. pp. 153-182
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  1. Six. The impact of adopting 4IR-related technologies on employment and skills: The case of automotive and mining equipment manufacturers in South Africa
  2. Edward Lorenz, Erika Kraemer-Mbula
  3. pp. 183-218
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  1. Seven. Impact of current technologies on jobs and employment: Insights from mining and banking in South Africa
  2. Mamokgethi Molopyane
  3. pp. 219-253
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  1. Eight. The impact of new technologies on labour relations and market structures in the economy: The case of Uber
  2. Khwezi Mabasa, Mzukisi Qobo
  3. pp. 254-284
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  1. Section Three. Application of Advanced Technologies in Sectoral Developments
  1. Nine. The potential of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to transform healthcare: The question of access for the marginalised
  2. Zamanzima Mazibuko-Makena
  3. pp. 285-316
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  1. Ten. The potential benefits and risks of technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in addressing environmental transgression in South Africa
  2. Anelile Gibixego, Nelson Odume
  3. pp. 317-348
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  1. Eleven. Inclusive energy transitions: An analysis of the potential for a digital revolution in South Africa’s electricity system
  2. Blanche Ting
  3. pp. 349-392
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  1. 12. Intellectual property and Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies
  2. Caroline Ncube, Isaac Rutenberg
  3. pp. 393-416
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  1. Conclusion. Final reflections: Towards an inclusive and sustainable Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa
  2. Zamanzima Mazibuko-Makena, Erika Kraemer-Mbula
  3. pp. 417-432
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 433-443
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  1. Back Cover
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