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Jacques Coetzee: Staff Reporter
Keen to take over the world, Jacques grew up in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He also studied International Relations (BA) at Stellenbosch University with an interest in innovation and initiatives and how they could contribute to the benefit of society. He has always been interested in both politics and development and started becoming more and more intrigued with how technological development could contribute to society. He loves arts and more specifically the art of writing. His interests in writing and journalism grew more over the last few years with a keen focus on current trends in technological innovation and social development.
  • Driving Change: how self-driving cars could revolutionise our world

    Self-driving cars are the talk of the day. From Google (latest model pictured above) to the German automakers, who’s making the most headway? How is this going to change the way we view ownership and insurance? Back in 1939, industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes painted the sci-fi future of self-driving cars at the New York World Fair. The American futurist envisioned that 20 years later, the world will start using autonomous vehicles, locking themselves onto freeways so the driver could relax.

  • Driving change: How tech has unlocked the power of ride-sharing

    Transportation is probably the most interesting industries to witness undergoing change. A century-old invention seems like it's finally on the cusp of changing the way we go from point A to B. From the internet and GPS to 3D printing, Driving Change is a four-part series that covers the most powerful technologies moulding 21st century transport as we know it. Whatever belongings you have that aren't being used while you read this, are being wasted. Think about that for a second. That old pair of running shoes lying in your closet could be on a budding athletes's feet while you...

  • Meet NicheStreem: SA’s curated streaming service for music lovers

    Just two blocks up the road from where she pitched her latest startup at Seedstars World recently, sits the headquarters of NicheStreem -- entrepreneur Catherine Lückhoff's curious South African music streaming service Nichestreem. Launched in March this year, NicheStreem has developed a technology that enables it to cater for unique, curated music streams for specific markets around the globe and looks set to make waves in the global online music industry, one niche community at a time. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Machine learning startup DataProphet hones in on profitable call centre industry

    Machine learning is a complicated subject. First experimented with by computer scientist Arthur Samuel back in 1956, the American eventually managed to build a program that could beat him at a game of checkers. As badass as that was, it doesn’t really compare to the advancements we’ve witnessed over the past few years. Today, tech like Google’s self-driving cars and Microsoft’s near real-time voice translation are frequently making the headlines on tech sites. A rebranded form of artificial intelligence, these intelligent pattern recognition algorithms could revolutionise the way we work in practically every industry. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • How are you spending your #67minutes this Mandela Day? Here are a few savvy pointers

    Mandela Day is a call for South Africans and people around the globe to honour the legacy of former president and statesmen Nelson by giving 67 minutes of their time to worthy causes. If you're still looking for something to do, we've compiled a list of tech-based resources that should help. Technology -- coupled with some ingenuity -- is connecting specific, mutually beneficial parties with each other more than ever before. From seamless payments to forming communities, these tools are making real differences on the ground. Donate While you probably won't be sharing 67 minutes, a few bucks to any charity could...

  • Donald Trump accidentally tweets Nazi soldiers in campaign poster

    If you imagine a campaign poster for any 21st century presidential candidate with some Nazi soldiers on it, alarm bells would probably go off. US billionaire Donald Trump -- together with his profound facial expressions, hairpiece and controversial statements -- tweeted a rather strange campaign poster to his 3.2 million followers recently. He then went on to lead the polls for the 2016 US presidential race. The low-budget looking poster, apparently slapped together by an intern, is a montage of Trump's face, the waving Stars and Stripes, with an acute reenactment of Nazi soldiers marching around. Because 'Murica... We've seen a lot...

  • Does iGrow Academy have what it takes to help educate the masses on a budget?

    The youth bears the brunt of of South Africa's unemployment crises. Ranked third highest in the world, a 2014 report by the World Economic Forum reckons that more than 50% of young South Africans between 15 and 24 are unemployed. Founder of iGrow Academy Jared Koning estimates that one of the main reasons for this discrepancy is due to a disconnect between the primary and tertiary education sectors. The entrepreneur estimates that there are over 400 000 matrics each year of which 67% do not have the access to higher education. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • 6 of our favourite trailers from Comic-Con 2015

    Movies, TV shows, comics, games and cosplay. Comic-Con International is most known for two things: meeting your favourite actors in all-panel glory and getting a whiff of what's the near future holds for movies, TV series, and comic books on the geek spectrum. This year, the teaser trailers stretched far and wide in San Diego. From Quentin Tarantino's up-coming Western to Warcraft and Batman trying to beat the living crap out of Superman. It's pop culture at its finest! Anyways, while we're definitely excited about these geeky titles, unfortunately for those who didn't attend the event in San Diego, a...

  • AgriProtein: the company using flies, our waste to keep the planet from eating itself

    The fly makes the world go round. While many find these critters repulsive, they actually play a very important role in how we get our food we eat. For starters, by eating decaying materials, the fly helps speed up the nutrient cycling which helps generate richer soil for plants and vegetables. It's also a protein food for some animals -- a lot of which, people eat. As much as we might hate it, it's actually nature's filthy little farmer. The problem with nature is that it is slow. Way too slow for our overpopulated, capital-driven world of today. But if AgriProtein...

  • Russia launches campaign to warn citizens of high-risk, deadly selfies

    Have you ever attempted to take a selfie in front of an oncoming train? What about hanging from a roof or in front of a wild mountain lion? No? Well, apparently a lot of people are doing it these days. It even prompted the Russian government to launch a campaign raising awareness on the dangers of taking photographs of yourself. "A cool selfie could cost you your life. A selfie with a weapon kills," the Guardian reports the Russian interior minister saying. While the statements might seem out of this world (or at least something of an April Fool's joke), these warnings...

  • GoPro films massive Great White shark trying to munch its way into a cage

    Never will you be more petrified than when a three-meter shark tries to munch its way into your little underwater cage all the way out in the ocean. Think about it. A couple of tourists off the coast of South Africa's Mossel Bay recently captured a very hungry -- perhaps teething Great White shark -- on video, doing just that. Shot with a GoPro Hero 4 wide angle, the animal attacks the metal shark cage's buoy as if a pork chop, or in his case perhaps a juicy, salty seal. As terrifying it may be, we're almost sure that the shark's...

  • Facebook hopes to implement AI services ‘within next 10 years’

    Facebook and Artificial Intelligence (AI) sounds very creepy yet exciting sitting in the same sentence, but that's exactly where the world's largest social network is heading. Moreover, it wants you to share your thoughts with your online friends in the near future. There's a lot of buzz around the subject of AI, from industry influencers like Elon Musk and Bill Gates sharing their predictions to blockbusters like Her, Transcendence or Ex Machina portraying extreme but plausible outcomes. It's to little surprise then when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a Q&A on Facebook recently questions around this subject were raised. " working...

  • 7 renewable energy startups trying to revolutionise the way Africa keeps its lights on

    Africa has a serious energy problem. This is ironic considering the abundance of natural resources available, from coal in South Africa to oil in Nigeria. It just so happens that both of these powerful economies rely on limited, environmentally-unfriendly resources, struggling to keep up with economic growth. This might start to change. Earlier this year, billionaire futurist Elon Musk geared the world's attention on the real potential of renewable energy with the introduction of the Tesla Powerwall -- the battery set to revolutionise the way people use electricity grids around the globe. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • CNN faces trolls after ‘unnerving’ ISIS flag coverage turns out to be just dildos

    This weekend was a rather colourful one: from Facebook profiles to Uber car requests overlaid with rainbow colours. But it was on the streets where most of the action happened with the recent US Supreme Court's legalisation of gay marriage now in all 50 states spurring Gay Pride marches around the globe. While people around the were celebrating, CNN however wasn't that colourful. The news giant ran a seven-minute news segment of an apparent ISIS flag waving around through the Gay Pride march in London, UK. Only it wasn't a black Islamic State flag with Arabic symbols, but one filled...

  • Ventureburn survey sheds light on SA’s tough, but pioneering startup industry

    Stuart Thomas, Matthew Buckland and Graham van der Made contributed to this article. Startup life isn't as glamorous as it’s sometimes made out to be, according to a new survey by Ventureburn. Employees and founders of startups are often paid below-market salaries, get close to zero benefits and are subject to high-pressure environments. Moreover, just 17% of startups are profitable, with only three percent of startups making it to the sought-after venture capital investment stages. But this begs the question: why is creating and working for startups an increasingly popular option? Although entrepreneurs will make it big if their startup succeeds,...