Technology in Africa is making drastic changes with some continents adopting to them quickly. Artificial intelligence, has in one way or the other become a part of the African continent; from online shopping to off-grid solar power, to mobile money solutions for the unbanked, technology is helping solve key development challenges in sub-Saharan Africa.
Across the continent, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are using their understanding, of the needs of their communities, to innovate devices in order to solve problems and drive sustainable growth.
However, one major challenge mostly encountered include, how countries adapt to these solutions.
Per research, it has been identified that, a quarter of the African population find it quite difficult adapting to these changes.
In a discussion with Tech Voice Africa, Joshua O. Agyeman, President of I.o.T network hub, mentioned that, though Africa is considered to be one of the continents leading in industrial revolution, it might be disadvantaged if it fails to respond to A.I solutions in years to come.
“Human labor are limited but A.I is not and for us to stay relevant as a continent, we need to adapt to the A.I,” he added.
Touching on policy enactment, Omar Mojdaub noted that the biggest obstacle to development in Africa is funding which may delay the advancement of technology in certain sectors.
He indicated that if finances are directed to this sector it would be of essence to Africa.
One other sector which has problems that could be addressed with AI in Africa is the Health sector.
According to the Director of AI at MinoHealth, Darlington A. Akogo, Africa needs to be properly equipped with the right resources for an A.I health care solution to function.
“Over 20 countries around the world in the last few years have developed an A.I plan. In Africa only 2 countries so far have these plans. What can we do as a continent to developed African solutions using our own local capacity in the field of technology?” he asked suggesting that, we build and support local tech initiatives.