Africa’s rich cultural diversity is evident in its thousands of ethnic groups with each speaking different dialects and over 2,000 languages but this cultural diversity has caused communication barriers that often stalls social-economic development.
While Africa’s rich varying culture is a blessing with thousands of ethnic groups speaking different dialects and over two thousand languages, it also poses a challenge having shared communication.
This problem often retrogresses or delays socio-economic development among and within African nations.
To solve this problem, a Nigerian developer is hoping to bridge these language barriers with his creative technology called The Global Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform, also known as OBTranslate.
Gabriel Emmanuel, 41, is an Information Communication Technology (ICT) expert and the brain behind the platform.
He confirms the technology is the first of its kind with a messaging platform that is capable of translating over 2,000 African languages.
And also says the OBTranslate platform is intended to create jobs and make life easier for Africans.
OpenBinacle owned by Emmanuel, a Europe-Africa based Technology Company which developed the OBTranslate, reveals the technology was built on machine learning AI and big data analysis which identifies language patterns and tasks.
Originally, OBTalker supports text to speech feature and is capable of translating into 26 languages.
But the newly created OBTranslate, built on the existing design of OBTalker, is expected to have a wider reach with many more languages in its system.
Gabrel Emmanuel said the company’s “goal is to break language communication barriers in rural and urban areas in Africa and it will enable self-driving cars, smartphones, linear robots and wireless technology to communicate and interact with Africans in their dialects,”
He added that “farmers will be able to trade their goods and services without language communication barriers.”
He also disclosed that the major task of the portal includes voice recognition and accent, messaging protocol, African-based programming languages, natural language processing, education materials, television subtitles, music lyrics and more.
Emmanuel, a native of Edo State, Nigeria, studied ICT and Robotics in India and began computing at the age of 18 when he built his first software to analyse petroleum crude oil seismic data.
He reveals that his new invention, motivated by the need to expand the African ICT market and improve lives would provide jobs for millions of Africans who have the capacity to teach their machine Pidgin English or their original languages.
“Our machine language, AI algorithms with neural network connections have curated billions of task waiting for Africans who can teach our machine their local dialect.''
The first phase of his project comes with 9 billion tasks, and the second phase comes with 12 billion tasks.
A German-based developer also confirmed the project is expected to hire about 100 million Africans, with a projection of 3.6 billion USD passive income for Africans with the capacity.
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