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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Can Cloud-Based Technologies Help Address Food Insecurity In Africa?

“For us in the technology space, we are noticing some silver lining in application of technology to partly address the challenges [of food insecurity] above. Already, AI is beginning to transform agriculture in important ways. Many farmers have for instance started utilizing innovative technologies like self-driving tractors that use GPS, satellite imagery, and AI to plant more efficiently. Others are using sensors and machine learning to make decisions like when to irrigate and how much fertilizer to apply.”

Source: https://www.cio.co.ke/can-cloud-based-technologies-help-address-food-insecurity-in-africa/

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Kenya: 60 Students Join Fight for a Piece of Digital Billions

“As the digital economy continues to generate billions of dollars across the world, Kenya is gambling on its youth to lead the African tech charge. In a world dominated by trade wars between the US and China, many third world governments have embraced technology to create employment for the youth and lift millions out of poverty. However, training remains a huge challenge, particularly on a continent still grappling with basic needs. In this vein, Kenya’s partnership with the Chinese technology company Huawei offers the youth a chance to acquire skills for the digital economy. “

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202009180020.html

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Coronavirus Crisis And Afrofuturism: A Way To Envision What’s Possible Despite Injustice And Hardship

“The coronavirus has disproportionately impacted black Americans, who are getting sick and dying at higher rates than other populations. Scholars have been thinking about how survival elements — like the creation of new music and art — can serve as a form of comfort and healing.” Tonya Mosley

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

In this conversation, Tonya Mosley and  President of the Social Science Research Council and Harold F. Linder Chair in Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study Alondra Nelson explore the roles of new Afrocentric/Afrofuturistic music and art in helping black Americans navigate through, heal from, and thrive in a post-pandemic world.

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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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Kenya launches Africa’s biggest wind farm

“The turbines, scattered across Turkana’s stark lunar landscape and rocky hills, began to deliver their first electricity last September. Today, their giant blades deliver 15 percent of Kenya’s entire installed capacity, connected to the national grid through a 428-kilometre power line. “Today, we again raise the bar for the continent as we unveil the single largest wind farm,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta, after touring the project. “Kenya is without a doubt on course to become a world leader in renewable energy.”

Source: https://techxplore.com/news/2019-07-kenya-africa-biggest-farm.html

Although it took almost a decade to complete, the Turkana Corridor wind farm project is already supplying 1/5 of Kenya’s energy needs. Who’s next?

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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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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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