Reimagining the world after COVID-19
What will the world look like when it emerges from isolation and the consequences of COVID-19? Predicting what will happen post-COVID 19 is difficult, as the pandemic continues to impact on the world economies and other sectors of society, for an unforeseen future. Never before has there been a time such as this, when governments, businesses and NGOs have to readjust their operations as they navigate the disruptions caused by the pandemic. This series of webinars is designed to provide a wide- ranging collective examination of
key aspects of the post-pandemic future: from the impacts on the humanity, the economy, health,
education, the environment, and the future world of work.
Data and delusion after COVID 19
The rise of COVID-19 has seen an increase in overall news consumption. This has created a frenzy for “live figures” among members of the public, with each one of us rigorously checking the latest dashboards, graphs and visualisations. These are filled with updates on the COVID-19 numbers in our towns, municipalities, countries and the world. These were some of the views during the third session of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) webinar series that reimagines the world after the pandemic. Held on Wednesday, 27 May 2020, the event was held under the theme Reimagining Data and Delusion after COVID, and in particular how humanity have been misunderstanding the data behind COVID-19 and why data literacy is the make or break skill
of our time. The panel of experts included Dr. Shakir Mohamed (Senior Researcher at DeepMind in London, UK); Professor Charis Harley (an academic in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at UJ) and Professor Olaf Dammann, (Vice-Chair of Public Health at Tufts University in
Boston, US). This series of webinars is designed to provide a wide- ranging collective examination of key aspects of the post-pandemic future: from the impacts on the humanity, the economy, health, education, the environment, and the future world of work.
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