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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Facing Disruptive Technology

DIALOGUE:The Media Department hosted a successful Media Conference DIALOGUE:The Media Department hosted a successful Media Conference

Trend forecaster and tech humanist Jared Molko was the keynote speaker at the annual Media Conference where the topic of Facing Disruptive Technology came under the spotlight.

The conference, hosted by the Media Department, highlighted how the various innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution have impacted the media landscape and explored how to face these changes.

The impressive line-up of speakers included editor, director and videographer Richard Hughes, 2018 Vodacom Young Journalist of the Year, Robin-Lee Francke, music video director: Mpendulo Mabindisa, who is also known as Motion Billy and photographer, writer and filmmaker Stephanie "Kenyaa" Mzee.

Molko, who worked at Google for seven years, told the audience of first-year students that the world is moving from an information age to a conceptual age where humans need to be able to see the bigger picture.

“We need to be able to connect different dots from different domains and make interesting new combinations of ideas and things.”

Prof Nirvana Bechan, Head of the Media Department, said it is the duty of the media and communication professional to ensure that whatever communication is crafted remains true and ethical in order to keep a balance of truth and sensibility and promotes progress in the world. 

“It is imperative that we tell stories that are authentic and that matter to people and the planet and technology must be a means to this purpose. This is why we’re highlighting the role of the tech humanist “

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.