Google’s first African AI research centre to open in Accra, Ghana

Sundar Pichai Google CEO (c) GettyImages

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google has announced that Google’s first African artificial intelligence research centre is coming to Accra,Ghana. He announced in a tweet expressing his excitement regarding the African artificial intelligence research centre which will begin later this year.

This is what he said about the project, “Excited that we’ll be opening a new @GoogleAI center in Accra, Ghana – really looking forward to our research teams solving challenges with AI for Africa and beyond”

This announcement came in response to Jeff Dean tweet on the project.Jeff Dean is the Senior Fellow, Google AI. Google Brain team lead and co-founder. check out their tweet;

Details of the Project

Google made this known through an official blog post release, in the post they said;
“Today, we’re announcing a Google AI research center in Africa, which will open later this year in Accra, Ghana. We’ll bring together top machine learning researchers and engineers in this new center dedicated to AI research and its applications.

We’re committed to collaborating with local universities and research centers, as well as working with policy makers on the potential uses of AI in Africa. On a personal note, both of the authors have ties to Africa—Jeff spent part of his childhood in Uganda and Somalia, and Moustapha grew up in Senegal.

As such, we’re excited to combine our research interests in AI and machine learning and our experience in Africa to push the boundaries of AI while solving challenges in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, and education.”

Google Why Africa?

I asked this question and Google have this to say;

According to Google, this is the reason why they are choosing Africa,  “We’ve seen people across Africa do amazing things with the internet and technology—for themselves, their communities and the world. Over the past 10 years in which Google has had offices in Africa, we’ve been excited to be a part of that transformation.

Ultimately 10 million Africans will benefit from our digital skills training program with 2 million people having already completed the course, and we’re supporting 100,000 developers and over 60 tech startups through our Launchpad Accelerator Africa. We’re also adapting our products to make it easy for people to discover the best of the internet, even on low-RAM smartphones or unstable network connections.

In recent years we’ve also witnessed an increasing interest in machine learning research across the continent. Events like Data Science Africa 2017 in Tanzania, the 2017 Deep Learning Indaba event in South Africa, and follow-on IndabaX events in 2018 in multiple countries have shown an exciting and continuing growth of the computer science research community in Africa.

My Final Words

This is a great news for the African continent especially Ghana, this will help bridge the technology gap between Africa and the rest of the world.I will be very happy to attend the grand opening of this event.I believe Google grant me this honor.

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