The Institute for the Future of Knowledge is a transdisciplinary 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. Today’s global problems, challenges and ambitions are complex and interconnected. They cannot be solved in the traditional academic silos but through a multidisciplinary ecosystem approach. 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 is anchored by social change through local and international partnerships. The IFK conducts innovative research in an interdisciplinary manner while aligned to the 4IR. The Institute provides ways to leverage 4IR technologies in pursuit of the realisation of the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).
The IFK focuses on seven themes, each championed by a research group: Blockchain and the Cryptoverse (BC), Data Science Across Disciplines (DSAD), Decentralised Artificial Intelligence and Control Systems (DAICS), the Future of Diplomacy (FoD), the Future of Health (FoH), Green Futures (GF) and Work of the Future (WoF).