Dr Sumarie Roodt (right), Chairperson at the Silicon Cape Initiative and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems in the Commerce Faculty at the University of Cape Town, believes that artificial intelligence can contribute extensively to stimulating economic growth in the post-COVID-19 world. She was speaking a during a session dedicated to the Community of Practice on Student Entrepreneurship at the recent Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Lekgotla 2020.

She premised her talk on the importance of entrepreneurship in effective national development, further underlining how much further a nation could advance by incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) in entrepreneurship. “Although many people still associate it with science fiction dystopias, that characterisation is waning as AI develops and becomes more common in our daily lives,” Dr Roodt surmised.