Future Funk: The Grand Alliance Has a Grand Vision for a Better Tomorrow

Article by Kyle Harris

Painting by Thomas “Detour” Evans based on a photo by Blake Jackson

“The members of Denver’s Grand Alliance, an Afrofuturist supergroup that’s putting out its self-titled debut two days after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s inauguration, couldn’t have timed the release better. White supremacists and insurrectionists are now acting out their miserable, violent vision of life: no morals, no joy, no art, no love. The Grand Alliance, in contrast, dishes out positivity in abundance, imagining a better world through song.”

Source: https://www.westword.com/music/the-grand-alliance-time-travels-through-afrofuturism-on-new-album-11881998

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How Facial Recognition Technology Is Different In Africa

There’s a reason many Africans are wary of the identification technology: It doesn’t work as well for people with dark skin. That’s where Charlette N’Guessan, a young Ivorian researcher, comes in...

She’s not ashamed to say it: The coronavirus pandemic has been “a very good thing” for Charlette N’Guessan. The same goes for Africa’s forward-looking tech entrepreneurs in general. “With the challenges posed by COVID-19, the continent is waking up,” the young Ivorian says. “People are thinking innovation, ideas, change. This crisis gives credibility to what we are doing.” It must be said that N’Guessan’s chosen field — facial recognition — is largely unexplored in Africa. It also arouses a fair amount of suspicion, and for good reason: Existing algorithms, including the best out there, are less accurate at identifying individuals of color, as tests conducted in the United States have revealed an error rate five to 10 times higher for these populations.

Article by Marie de Vergès

Source: https://worldcrunch.com/tech-science/how-facial-recognition-technology-is-different-in-africa#

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African Women in Technology Conference 2019

“Speaking with representatives of various tech organizations from all over Africa, the conference presented a great opportunity for women to be better versions of themselves. Speaking at the event, Laura Chite the CEO CIO East Africa noted, “This is an opportunity to be a better version of oneself not just in the technology careers but holistically. It is worth seizing.””

Source: https://bit.ly/2YakZSP

Two things are true: The leadership of women is critical to our survival. And technology has the potential to solve many social and economic problems that are pervasive on the continent. Looking forward to seeing many more similar events both at home and abroad.

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See You Yesterday

“High school best friends and science prodigies C.J. and Sebastian spend every spare minute working on their latest homemade invention: backpacks that enable time travel. But when C.J.’s older brother Calvin dies after an encounter with police officers, the young duo decide to put their unfinished tech to use in a desperate bid to save Calvin.”

Source: http://bit.ly/see-you-yesterday

Afrofuturistically Amazing! This is for all of us Blerds, Bleeks, and Bleirdos. The future is yesterday. Black to the Future!

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Why it’s important that Ivanka was in Africa

“Ivanka Trump is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a four-day tour to promote the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, a $50 million United States initiative launched by her father, President Trump in February. The initiative is aimed at advancing women’s economic empowerment through a whole-of-government approach to reach 50 million women globally by 2025.”

Source: http://venturesafrica.com/dangote-refinery-supports-nigerias-content-development-initiative-as-local-contractors-get-368-million-deals/

This initiative, on the surface, certainly looks like a bold, progressive move by the Trump administration. Let’s look under the hood to see what measures are in place to make sure that they’re not just creating a higher-skilled slave labor force of women. Sounds like a project to me!

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Are women the future of Nigeria’s tech industry?

“Over the years, the technology sector remained a road less travelled for women, despite the progress they continue to make in other professional fields. In this issue, we journey with a new generation of women pioneering tech advancements in Africa’s biggest economy.”

Source: http://venturesafrica.com/VABizHive2019Issue01/

Clearing the path for women in all areas of life is vital to the future of humanity. The women in this article share how they defied the odds and used their brilliance to establish themselves. How does your community support women tech innovators?

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Science and technology parks as enablers for economic development in Africa

“The Innovation Hub – the Innovation Agency of the Gauteng Province will host the prestigious 2019 International Association of Science Parks (IASP) Africa Division Workshop, May 23 – 24, 2019, at The Innovation Hub, Tshwane, South Africa… To be hosted under the theme ‘The Role of Science and Technology Parks (STPs) and Areas of Innovation (AOIs) as enablers for economic development’, the main objective of the workshop will be to challenge practitioners from the continent to consider the economic development capacity of STPs and AoIs in Africa.”

Source: http://africasciencenews.org/the-innovation-hub-to-host-international-science-technology-parks-workshop/

It’s great that the economic development capacity of STPs and AOIs are being considered in African countries, and I’m certain many Africans will benefit economically from these types of efforts. Keep in mind, however, that as great as this appears, “economic development” has always been code for exploitation – in this case, Black genius being harvested by non-Black-owned tech companies that ultimately profit enormously from the innovations the centers produce. How can we create and support our own technology parks?

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Black Like Jesus

“Neo Afro Futuristic Psychedelic Surrealistic Hippy”

Source: https://youtu.be/zUxv9FERN_I

This is what the future sounds like… at least one of them… Black Like Jesus by The Illustrious Blacks

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Do you want artificial intelligence to decide your vote?

“With preferential voting, political parties and candidates already issue how-to-vote cards. But what if an AI service could create a personalised how-to-vote card for each and every one of us?”

Source: https://phys.org/news/2019-05-politics-artificial-intelligence-vote-election.html

As #ArtificialIntelligence (#AI) becomes more ingrained in every aspect of our lives, it’s important to understand the possible impacts it may have if we let it make decisions for us. Do you want artificial intelligence to decide your vote?

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Organizations partner with African women entrepreneurs

“APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the leading media relations consultancy and press release distribution service in Africa and the Middle East, has been named Principal Partner to the Africa Women Entrepreneurship and Innovation Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) Conference to assist in amplifying the forum’s message and core objective of empowering women entrepreneurs across the African continent.”

Source: https://www.africanews.com/2019/05/08/apo-group-and-africa-women-innovation-and-entrepreneurship-forum-awief-partner-for-deeper-impact-on-african-womens-entrepreneurship/

The AWIEF appears to be moving it’s agenda forward with a very powerful strategic partnership. Think about how much more progress our communities would make with such partnerships, especially with Black-owned businesses…

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