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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Red Bull connects technology innovators in 22 countries

“All this is done with the aim of enabling them to collaborate in using technology as a means to effect positive change in society. Hatches can take the form of interactive workshops and maker sessions, lectures by the industry’s current and future leaders, debates and mixes.”

Source: https://www.redbull.com/za-en/Red-Bull-Basement-Hatch-The-Chicken-and-the-Egg-in-SA-Tech-Innovation

Hatches and hatch-like technology and innovation centers, like the ones in Johannesburg and Sao Paulo, are growing like weeds in our communities. They say that “All this is done with the aim of enabling them to collaborate in using technology as a means to effect positive change in society.” I hope that’s true. Not long, however, before those who benefit from these opportunities are creating their own technology and innovation centers.

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African ride-hailing app gets funding

“According to The Guardian, the African ride-hailing company raised more than US$1 million from Shell Foundation, Global Innovation Fund, Development Innovation Ventures, and a private tech company in 2016.”

Source: https://www.techinasia.com/allianz-go-ventures-back-african-ride-hailing

More and more innovative apps are coming out of African countries. How can we share technology and ideas across the ocean? Let’s discuss it in the solutions room on X Nubia Phi.

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