Google has opened an Artificial Intelligence Research Center in Accra, Ghana, the first of its kind in Africa.
Google’s head of AI Accra, Moustapha Cisse said that the lab in the capital Accra would address economic, political and environmental issues.
“Africa has many challenges where the use of AI could be beneficial, sometimes even more than in other places,” he was quoted by AFP.
He said that the center would partner with local universities, research organizations and policymakers across Africa to use AI in solving challenges in the healthcare sector, agriculture, education, and other sectors.
“Our goal is to advance the frontiers of this science, so we expect to have a scientific impact, but also we expect to through collaborations with different institutions working on local challenges, have an impact to be on our field by applying the technology to agriculture to health and other areas.” Moustapha said.
Ghana joins Paris, Zurich, Tokyo, Beijing, Montreal, Toronto, Seattle, Cambridge/Boston, Tel Aviv/Haifa, New York, and San Franciso which have such centres dedicated to AI research.