Bits(1) – Edition 05 – March 2020

A 2018 study conducted by the World Bank, shows that between 1996 and 2011, every immigrant worker generated two jobs for South Africans – mostly because their diverse skill sets led to productivity gains and multiplier effects.

Insurers will soon be using drones to assess car accidents and capture aerial images of a property when a policy is taken out to compare it with later images if a claim is made.

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The first Rubik’s Cube (formerly known as a Magic Cube) was sold in a Budapest toy shop in 1975. Since then, over 350 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold worldwide, making it the bestselling toy of all time.

IT automation, quality control/detecting defects and cybersecurity are the top three use cases for artificial intelligence (AI).

The top factor leading to IT budget in-creases in 2020 is the need to upgrade outdated infrastructure.

South African mining fatalities fell to a record low of 51 in 2019 (81 in 2018), a 91% decrease compared to 1993. This is the result of an industry embracing mechanisation and breakthrough innovations, such as netting around blast and drilling zones, alongside increased environmental, social and governance concerns.

According to a study by The Economist, children in SA today are roughly two years ahead of where they would have been prior to 1994.

According to Stats SA, 84.7% of households were connected to the mains electricity supply in 2018. While no official records exist, experts believe that only 34% of households had access in 1990 (and 53.6% in 1994).

Netflix’s growth in 2019 slowed for the first time in several years as rival streaming services Disney+ and Apple TV+ entered the market. Their market share dropped from 91% in 2007 to 19% in 2019. Netflix currently boasts 167 million subscribers worldwide.