Can African economies compete in the global data and AI race?

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The Global Artificial Intelligence Race

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“AI is going to have as big an impact on our society as electricity.” — Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of board, Nokia

The sheer commercial opportunity in this technology has undoubtedly lead to an AI race among nations. For instance, in its “New Generation Of Artificial Intelligence Development Planning” report released on July 2017, China outlined that “the rapid development of artificial intelligence will profoundly change the life of human society and change the world.” China is planning to seize the major strategic opportunities for the development of artificial intelligence, and to build the first-mover advantage of its AI development.

Are China And FAMGA Taking a Share of The African AI Market?

“65% of the jobs in Nigeria, 67% of the jobs in South Africa, and 85% of the jobs in Ethiopia could be replaced by automation technologies by 2030” click to tweet — Citi Group & University of Oxford Martin School Technology at Work Report

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“Even if we fail to locally develop AI systems, just like Africa consumes software and services from America like Facebook or Google, institutions in Africa would end up as consumers for foreign AI systems and we would all just be data points.” — Darlington A. Akogo

A Glimmer Of Hope?

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