“Africa has many challenges where the use of AI could be beneficial, sometimes even more than in other places,” Google’s head of AI Accra, Moustapha Cisse, told AFP at the centre’s official opening this week.
The new lab, Cisse said, would use AI to develop solutions in healthcare, education and agriculture — such as helping to diagnose certain types of crop disease.
Cisse, an expert from Senegal, said he hoped specialist engineers and AI researchers would collaborate with local organisations and policymakers.
“We just need to ensure that the right education and opportunities are in place,” he said.
“That is why Google is sponsoring a lot of these young people for their degrees… to help develop a new generation of AI developers.”
Other tech companies, including Facebook, have launched initiatives in Africa and demographics are a key factor behind the drive.
Africa’s population is estimated to be 1.2 billion, 60 percent of them under the age of 24.
By 2050, the UN estimates the population will double to 2.4 billion. As online social networks expand, that presents a huge market for US tech giants to tap into.
“If you look at Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, where is a lot of that growth coming from? It’s international,” he told AFP in a recent interview.
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