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African AI Network Kick-off in Nairobi

Looking forward to organising the AI4D event this week in Kenya & connecting with African focused AI community leaders to drive the artificial intelligence agenda in the region

Toward a Network of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) in sub-Saharan Africa

Discussion on opportunities and challenges of Humans and Artificial Intelligence

We were invited by UNESCO to be part of the opening panel to their main conference Principles for AI: Towards a Humanistic Approach. The panel discussed the main challenges and opportunities in ensuring the development of artificial intelligence that serves humanity. We briefly presented our projects connecting humanity and AI such as HumaneAI and the Network of Excellence in AI in Africa. Speakers included the first Minister for Artificial Intelligence, Tencent, Facebook, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and more.

 

ROAM approach in AI

UNESCO held a panel discussion to deeply reflect on issues concerning Rights, Access and Multi-stakeholder Governance of Artificial Intelligence. It presented a primer report analyzing the changes that advanced ICTs are bringing to society, under the prism of the ROAM framework, with John Shawe-Taylor, UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence. The “Openness” dimension was be further explored by a following session focused on Open Data and AI with Maria Fasli, UNESCO Chair on Data Science.

 

Using Artificial Intelligence and Open Educational Resurces data

The X5GON project was welcomed with enthusiastic feedback at this year’s Mobile Learning Week at UNESCO. The project was presented in its basic structure and how it can help institutions make sense of their OER materials and create organic growth ouside their repositories.

Debate on AI in Education Readiness Index

During the 2019 Mobile Learning Week at UNESCO we were asked to discuss the creation of the AI in Education Readiness Index. The idea was to assess the feasibility of an annual Global Index and explore the creation of a multi-donor platform to support its full development. Partners include Microsoft, ITU, ProFuturo Foundation, Apple and Baidu.

HumaneAI project starting to take shape

The team went to Frankfurt airport to support partners of the HumaneAI project ahead of the kickoff meeting in April. The project is quite ambitious as it aims to develop the scientific foundations and technological breakthroughs needed to shape the ongoing Artificial Intelligence revolution towards a more human-centric agenda.

First High-level Forum on AI in Africa

We were invited to present our new AI4D Network of Excellence in AI in Africa at the Forum on Artificial Intelligence in Africa, organized by UNESCO and Mohamed VI Polytechnic University from 12 to 13 December in Benguérir (Morocco). This was a great opportunity to understand more about AI developments and explore the opportunities and challenges of technological innovations relating to AI in Africa.

Artificial Intelligence in Education @ Online Educa Berlin

Last week we were among the 300+ international speakers and project presenters at the 2018 edition of Online Educa Berlin. Our role was to present AI and Open Educational Resources at the panel Algorithms, Analytics, AI and Personalisation,  with the presentation X5GON Project on AI and OER Building a Netflix for Open Education.

Launching a new Artificial Intelligence Network of Excellence in Africa

We are very happy to announce the launch of the AI for Development Africa project wth IDRC, to support a network of excellence in AI in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen and develop community scientific and technological excellence in a range of AI-related issue areas.

AI4D Africa is aiming to undertake four interrelated activities and will run for 18 months and result in the establishment of the network, research roadmap, portfolio of innovation projects, and recommendations for capacity building for ethical and locally relevant AI research around the African continent.

The project will draw from the recent IDRC and UNESCO supported mapping and facilitate a bottom-up network/community of researchers who will investigate and recommend how the network/community should shape its research agenda and actions.

Open Discussion on Artificial Intelligence @ UNESCO

At the Mozzilla Foundation offices in Paris we attended a great workshop and witnessed two great keynotes, from the drone delivery start-up Zipline showcasing the use of AI in logistics in Rwanda, and Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director for Global Indices, INSEAD, touching on a new report on AI global indexes to be presented at the 2019 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.