BOOK REVIEW | Closing the Gap

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa

By Professor Tshilidzi Marwala


Closing the Gap is an accessible overview of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the impact it is set to have on various sectors in South Africa and Africa.

The book explores the previous industrial revolutions that have led up to this point and outlines South Africa’s position been through each one.

Written from an African perspective

With a focus on artificial intelligence as a core concept in understanding the 4IR, this book uses familiar concepts to explain Artificial Intelligence (AI), how it works and how it can be used in banking, mining, medicine and many other fields.



Written from an African perspective, Closing the Gap addresses the challenges and fears around 4IR by pointing to the opportunities presented by new technologies and outlining some of the challenges and successes to date.

About the author

Professor Tshilidzi Marwala is the vice-chancellor and principal of the University of Johannesburg. A professor of Electrical Engineering, Marwala is a leading thinker in artificial intelligence.


  • Publisher Pan Macmillan South Africa |
  • ISBN | 9781770107861 |
  • Recommended Retail Price | R310.00 |
  • CLASSIFICATION | Technology |



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