Artificial Intelligence can solve many of Africa's challenges

What you need to know:

  • Africa is taking up and embracing Artificial Intelligence (AI) which teaches machines to do things that require intelligence when done by humans.
  • Many people ask why do such a thing if intelligent machines will render many people jobless. Well, these machines learn to do complex things that ordinary humans cannot do.
  • The potential in AI to drive the development of a robust manufacturing sector is enormous.
  • Like in any venture, there are risks to AI but there is more to gain in leveraging the technology to deal with some of the problems of our time.

While Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not entirely new in Africa, two critical conferences, AI expo Africa 2018: Automation and Intelligence for the Future and Deep Learning Indaba at Stellenbosch University, held this month in Cape Town, South Africa, herald a new era for AI in the continent.

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