Google to open Africa’s first Artificial Intelligence Center in Ghana

Google to open Africa’s first Artificial Intelligence Center in Ghana

- Google will open its Africa's first Artificial Intelligence (AI) Center in Ghana's capital, Accra

- The new AI Center will open opportunities for over 10 million Africa's tech professionals

Technology giant, Google, has announced its readiness to open its first African Artificial Intelligence (AI), research center in Ghana later this year.

According to a statement issued by the tech company, Google will collaborate with local Ghanaian Universities and research centers, as well as policymakers on the potential uses of Artificial Intelligence in Africa.

The Accra center, according to the statement, will join similar AI research centers in places like Paris, Tel Aviv, and San Francisco, Tokyo as well as New York.

Google to open Africa’s first Artificial Intelligence Center in Ghana

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The new Google center, according to management, will open opportunities for 10 million Africans with its digital skills training program, which about 2 million people have already completed various courses.

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“We’ve seen people across Africa do amazing things with the internet and technology for themselves, their communities and the world. Over the past 10 years in which Google has had offices in Africa, we’ve been excited to be a part of that transformation,” a statement by Google said.

As part of its operational plans for the AI project, Google will also adapt its products to make things easy for people to discover the best of the internet, even on low-RAM smartphones or unstable network connections.

“We’re announcing Google AI research center in Africa, which will open later this year in Accra, Ghana. We’ll bring together top machine learning researchers and engineers in this new center dedicated to AI research and its applications."

The statement also added that, Google will combine its research interests in AI as well as its experience in Africa to push the boundaries of AI, while solving challenges in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, and education across the region.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), has great potential to positively impact the world of science and technology.

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With this, the company believe the Accra center will harness the development of AI technologies in Africa, therefore one can apply as a Research Scientist or a Research Software Engineer on our site, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive, and Co-founder of Google, Sundar Pichai in a tweet expressed his excitement about the Accra project.

“We’re excited that we'll be opening a new @GoogleAI center in Accra, Ghana - really looking forward to our research teams solving challenges with AI for Africa and beyond,” Sundar Pichai posted.

On his side, the Head of Google, AI division, Jeff Dean, called on tech professionals to take advantage of the opportunities the center will present.

“We're continuing to expand our @GoogleAI teams around the world. We’ll be opening our first research center in Africa in #Ghana later this year! If you're a machine learning researcher interested in working in Accra, Ghana, apply,” Jeff Dean tweeted on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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