Google Opens First Africa Artificial Intelligence Lab
Already established on North America, Europe and Asia, Google’s artificial intelligence research program is now being rolled out in Africa: Ghana and Google have cooperated to open the first African AI laboratory, according to an article at Leaders League.
The aim of this lab will be to use AI technology to tackle specific African issues. “Africa has many challenges where the use of AI could be beneficial, sometimes even more than in other places,” said Moustapha Cisse, Google’s director of AI, who is based in Accra, during the opening ceremony. According to Google, the lab’s mission will include working on issues related to health, education, and agriculture with a team of specialist engineers, local organizations and policy makers.
Take the app “PlantMD” for example, created this year thanks to an open source machine learning library called Tensorflow by Google. This app lets you detect diseases in plants, in order to help farmers better identify and contain the spread diseases more quickly. Farmers can now wave their phones in front of a leaf and if a plant had a disease, the app can identify it and provide options on the best ways to manage it.