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.

 

Global South AI directory – a narrative of players, places and potential

The hype surrounding AI is spreading rapidly across sectors and around the globe, but more research is needed to explore the potential benefits and risks, particularly as they relate to the developing world.

For this purpose we have created a map of AI hot spots in emerging economies. The first mapping comprises 33 countries with a total of 617 institutions across 4 regions, ASIA, LAC, MENA, and SSA. The directory has quantitative value, as it presents the first bottom-up mapping of AI entities in the Global South.

Check the online directory for more detailed browsing. Read the blog here.

 

 

John Shawe-Taylor becomes new UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence

John Shawe Taylor and Fred Mulder @ UNESCO Chair Workshop on Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Learning at UNESCO HQ In Paris.
John Shawe Taylor is new UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence

We are pleased that the UNESCO  Selection Committee has favorably evaluated the proposal for the establishment of a UNESCO Chair on Artificial Intelligence at University College of London which is one of the core members of our network.

The standard Agreement between the UNESCO Director-General and UCL to formally establish the Chair will be prepared shortly.

The Chair will study Artificial Intelligence as a driver and component for solutions and strategies to assist the achievement of the SDGs. This makes John Shawe-Taylor (K4A Chairman) the third trustee to become UNESCO Chair.

Presenting Artificial Intelligence tools for SDG4 at UNESCO

We presented the notion of AI in education and Machine Translation tools at the Mobile Learning Week, UNESCO’s flagship ICT in education event. The 2018 edition, under the theme “Skills for a connected world”, examined the types of skills needed in and for a connected economy and society, with a focus on digital skills and competencies. It also reviewed strategies and ways in which these skills can be delivered and assessed within the context of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4).