Microsoft Says it Plans to Expand Artificial Intelligence in Africa
A statement released by Microsoft, American multinational technology company has revealed that the tech giant’s interest to make Artificial Intelligence available to everyone in Africa through its 4Africa initiatives.
The company said the initiative is in line with its global mission to motivate every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more.
The statement released by the company said “we are partnering with forward-thinking policy makers, innovative startups, technology partners, civil society groups, and stakeholders to promote the growth of a vibrant Artificial Intelligence system in Africa- one that enables inclusive growth and provides a clear and trusted path to digital transformation.”
Microsoft revealed that Artificial Intelligence will be the driving force of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, but its widespread acceptance and adoption among businesses is still in early stages.
In 2018, the company noted that it was important to shift current perceptions around Artificial Intelligence, by demonstrating it as a technology that is here to augment human capabilities, not replace them, and to benefit the speed and scale of any organisation, large or small.
The tech giant said “Microsoft, through initiatives such as 4Africa, has its sights on making Artificial Intelligence available to everyone on the continent, in line with our global mission to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more.”
In the past, the company has focused on contributing to the growth and development of the Africa by improving the banking sector and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria.
The Microsoft Artificial Intelligence for Africa was created to solve some of the most pressing challenges that impact Sub-Saharan Africa and drive growth and development in core sectors including healthcare, agriculture and public sector applications such as financial services and education.