When Robots Become Unstable: The Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max crash

The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) hosted a seminar on artificial intelligence and it’s link to the Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 crash. The talk, titled ‘When Robots Become Unstable: The Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max crash’, was delivered by University of Johannesburg Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Tshilidzi Marwala. Among the many arguments Prof Marwala made in his presentation, he highlighted the importance of capacitating the continent’s institutions of higher learning to enable them to acquire necessary resources to teach complex and evolving subjects ‘such as control systems’. This, he said, would enable the continent to conduct its own analysis when faced with similar disasters noting that the blackbox recovered from the Ethiopian crash was analyzed in France.

Left: UJ VC, Prof T Marwala, Dr Nolitha Vukuza, Senior Executive Director at UJ, Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, Director at JIAS.

Prof T Marwala presenting to the audience of industry professionals and students.