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21 February 2020

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Artificial Intelligence: the urgency for Africa

With more than 2000 spoken languages, Africa’s linguistic diversity is second only to Asia. A third of the world’s languages is spoken by the 1.2 billion people living within her 54 countries. But the language of artificial intelligence is yet to gain fluency.

It has become hackneyed to weave AI into every conversation about technology and society.

AI will take away jobs. Our fintech uses AI to recommend personal loans. Learn AI to stay relevant for the future.

These are some of the tropes that have come to be associated with artificial intelligence in tech circles.

Beyond the buzzword, however, artificial intelligence is indeed a tool for social good. In healthcare and education, communication and commerce, AI’s analytical and predictive powers have the potential to raise standards of service delivery, improve productivity and advance human possibilities.

Find out more about how artificial intelligence & machine learning is changing how Africans live and do business. Join entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and policymakers in Africa’s AI community at TechCabal’s emerging tech townhall. At the event, stakeholders including telcos and financial institutions will examine how businesses, individuals and countries across the continent can maximize the benefits of emerging technologies, specifically AI and Blockchain. Learn more about the event and get your tickets here.

Blockchain startups building the infrastructure for Africa’s development

Though blockchain technology has usually been thought of has simply providing the rails for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, a host of startups are using it in more subtle, but extremely powerful, ways.

From Kenya’s BitPesa, now AZA, to Ghana’s Bit Sika, the initial wave of blockchain startups in Africa built solutions on the premise that it was the remittances space where blockchain and crypto could best be applied.

That is not necessarily wrong, and many such companies continue to launch, grow and raise funding, and bitcoin exchanges are springing up across the continent, but the application of blockchain in Africa is slowly maturing. Various startups are using it as a means of promoting transparency and increasing trust in various spaces.

The potential power of blockchain in Africa

So far, we’ve seen African blockchain solutions used within elections, to make trade finance transactions, and to track the origins of cobalt. Startups across the continent are developing even more innovative and important use cases, and blockchain’s impact in various spaces could yet be immense. Read the full article on Disrupt Africa here.