ACCRA (AFP) – An artificial intelligence research laboratory opened by way of Google in Ghana, the primary of its type in Africa, will tackle challenges throughout the continent, researchers say.

the us technology massive stated the lab inside the capital Accra would address monetary, political and environmental issues.

"Africa has many challenges wherein using AI may be useful, every so often even more than in other locations," Google’s head of AI Accra, Moustapha Cisse, told AFP at the centre’s legitimate establishing this week.

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similar research centres have already opened in cities round the arena which include Tokyo, Zurich, new york and Paris.

the brand new lab, Cisse stated, could use AI to expand solutions in healthcare, education and agriculture -- including helping to diagnose sure styles of crop ailment.

Cisse, an expert from Senegal, stated he hoped specialist engineers and AI researchers might collaborate with nearby firms and policymakers.

Google is running with universities and start-u.S.In Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa to decorate AI development locally, he said.

"We simply need to ensure that the right training and possibilities are in region," he said.

"that is why Google is sponsoring a variety of those younger people for their levels... To help develop a new generation of AI developers."

‘clear possibility’

other tech corporations, which include facebook, have released initiatives in Africa and demographics are a key factor at the back of the drive.

Africa’s populace is estimated to be 1.2 billion, 60 percent of them beneath the age of 24.

by means of 2050, the UN estimates the populace will double to 2.4 billion.

As on line social networks expand, that gives a large market for US tech giants to faucet into.

"There’s a clean opportunity for organizations like facebook and Google to honestly cross in and put a pole inside the sand," said Daniel Ives, a generation researcher at GBH Insights in big apple.

"in case you have a look at Netflix, Amazon, facebook, Apple, in which is a lot of that boom coming from? It’s worldwide," he advised AFP in a current interview.