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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Top African tech startups have solutions to some of the continent’s pressing challenges

“Africa’s top startups presented innovative proposals to tackle water, food and land security, healthcare, urban development and engineering challenges in Africa. The two-day summit… also included expert-led sessions looking at investment, food sustainability, smart cities and villages, drone testing, image analytics, aviation policy for sustainable growth and the role of women in the aerospace industry.”

Source: https://africanews.space/africas-top-aerospace-and-remote-sensing-startups-presented-solutions-to-some-of-the-continents-pressing-challenges/

We always knew Africans could solve their own problems, but now it’s evident. The image of starving Africans is being replaced with thriving African technology centers. African Americans have the capacity to do this as well. What is the blueprint for cultivating technology innovation and incubating technology startups in marginalized communities in America?

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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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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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Avatars could be the next generation’s entertainers

“A report from Tencent news published in February stated that the first batch of AI Anchors has produced more than 3,400 news reports, with a cumulative time of more than 10,000 minutes. It even debuted a female AI anchor named Xin Xiaomeng in February. These numbers indicate that at this rate, AI anchors can outwork their human counterparts very soon.”

Source: https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2019/05/10/ai-avatars-could-be-the-next-generations-favorite-entertainers/

As live streaming sites continue to give every person the option of having their own channel to the world, live streaming may have trouble competing with #ArtificialIntelligent (#AI) avatars who can perform 24-7 and never age, get tired, or complain about pay. What other jobs may be in jeopardy and what can be done to prepare for that eventuality?

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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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Can digital farming end famine in Africa?

“Digital farming… is a means of applying new technologies such as data science, advanced sensors in the field and from space, digital communication channels, and automation out on the field.”

Source: http://venturesafrica.com/digital-farming-and-the-quest-to-stop-famine-in-africa/

Apparently, digital farming makes the overall farming process much more efficient, by enabling both large and small farmers to make more informed decisions about weather, soil conditions, and other factors that affect yield. Bravo! Now, how do we use this tech to end famine in Africa?

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Putting drones and other driverless aircraft to work

“Billions of dollars are being spent by aviation giants and aerospace startups to create driverless flying vehicles that can meet the growing need for rapid and flexible travel and delivery.”

Source: https://phys.org/news/2019-05-advancement-driverless-aircraft-future-drones.html

Drones and other driverless aircraft technology create an enormous opportunities for people in isolated communities or in remote locations in emerging countries. How can Africans worldwide access, use, and/or improve this technology to improve the lives of other Africans worldwide?

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