IEB CAT A 2024: The 4th Industrial Revolution

IEB CAT A 2024: The 4th Industrial Revolution

Welcome to this year’s CAT A topic: Industry 4.0: Where to from here? While delving into the realm of Industry 4.0 might initially feel like uncharted territory for many of us, the topic is an exciting invitation to explore thoughts, ideas, history, mindsets and predictions that may well have a significant impact on our future–and…

FAKE NEWS

FAKE NEWS

Our need to feel connected to others and to stay informed has meant that news consumption has grown rapidly over the last decade. We check our social media feeds constantly, we watch or read the news obsessively and we are surrounded by advertising and propaganda. Everybody reports, rehashes, retweets, likes, comments on, and distributes news…

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

International Women’s Day is celebrated today (8th March) and serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for gender equality while also recognising the achievements of women. This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity. Andrew Tate and the Issues of Gender Inequality, Gender-Based Violence and Misogyny Bold Voices: Toolkit on Opening up the Conversation About Andrew Tate…

World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day

“In our hands now lies not only our own future, but that of all other living creatures with whom we share the Earth.” – David Attenborough, English broadcaster and biologist As the 3rd of March is World Wildlife Day, we thought we would use this newsletter to explore ways of engaging with the topic of…

South African Library Week

South African Library Week

‘The Best Things in Life are Free’ The Library and Information Association of South Africa celebrated South African Library Week from 20th to 26th March. This made us think about the value of libraries and who still uses them. With the increase in ebooks and the ability of many South Africans to access the Internet…

ChatGPT has rocked the Internet

ChatGPT has rocked the Internet

ChatGPT In this newsletter we unpack the latest artificial intelligence (AI) that is being used including ChatGPT. This technology launched in November 2022. Within a week, there were one million users. Two months post launch, there were an estimated 100 million active users, making it the fastest-growing consumer application in history.1 Since then, there have…

Consumerism

Consumerism

This year, the topic for the CAT A is: “Consumerism: A Society in Search of Satisfaction”. While consumerism is associated with several positive effects, psychologists and sociologists have suggested that a tipping point has been reached and that the negative environmental and social outcomes may be outweighing the positive. “Development is about more than money,…