Bill Gates names his Top 10 ‘breakthrough technologies’

Bill Gates names his Top 10 ‘breakthrough technologies’

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has named 10 breakthrough technologies that will help to reinvent the future, and listed them in a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Review article published Wednesday. Gates said he first thought of the plow, in use since 4000 BCE, while contemplating how technologies create…

Huawei plans to launch SA data center in March

China’s Huawei is set to become the first cloud service provider with a data center on the African continent, when it launches in March the first of two centers planned for South Africa. The Johannesburg center will be followed by one in Cape Town, according to a company statement. Huawei’s…

South Africas ZACube-2 satellite blasts into orbit

South Africans celebrated the success of Thursday’s launch of ZACube-2, a two-year project to put its second nanosatellite into orbit with the main purpose of using automatic identification of ships (AIS) technology to monitor its waters. The ZACube-2 also has near-infrared imaging equipment for detecting forest fires.  “Science is indeed…

The world is watching Huawei, but who is watching Africa?

In recent weeks the controversies surrounding Chinese telecom giant Huawei seem to mount every day. From New Zealand to Japan, and from Europe to the long-suspicious United States, countries balk at the idea of using Huawei equipment in their communications networks. In China and Canada, the arrest of a top…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Africa makes strides in Internet access and usage

For the first time, more than half of the world’s population is using the Internet and it is sub-Saharan Africa that is making the greatest progress. The ITU, a United Nations agency devoted to information and communication technologies, released a report Friday that estimates that 3.9 billion people, or 51.2…

Facebook reveals ‘elections war room’ to combat fake news

The social media giant Facebook has come under heavy fire for its admitted failures to protect user privacy, to prevent “fake news” on its platform that influences elections or hate speech that fuels unrest. That’s been true in the United States and Europe, and notably in Myanmar where misinformation has…

Okpokwasili named MacArthur grant recipient

Okwui Okpokwasili, a choreographer and dancer of Nigerian descent, has been named a 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of what are commonly called the MacArthur “genius grants.” She’ll receive USD$625,000 across the next five years, as well as the visibility that comes with the prestigious award.  Okpokwasili, raised…