The Institute for the Future of Knowledge is a cross-disciplinary ecosystem at the University of Johannesburg, devoted to understanding the relationship between what we know and what will happen, for the purpose of improving both, for everyone. The future is an ancient concern. Recent advances in computational abilities promise improved predictive performance, yet global events have continued to prove resiliently unpredictable. The University of Johannesburg has established the IFK to further its championing of a future- oriented focus for South Africa and the wider region. The Institute’s strategy makes virtues of the region’s vices, capitalizing on the acute local awareness of the need for social change, arising from obvious inequalities, through local and international partnerships.
The IFK focuses on five themes, each championed by a research group: Data Science Across Disciplines, The Future of Health, Green Futures, The Future of Diplomacy, and Metaphysics and Machines.