Google Declares Its First Artificial Intelligence Research Center in Africa

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Google Declares Its First Artificial Intelligence Research Center in Africa

Google stated that very soon, it would be starting an Artificial Intelligence (AI) research center in Africa, and would be open in Accra, Ghana, this year.

The evolution follows both an uptake in Internet technology and interest in machine learning research across the continent.

While preparing the AI center for use, Google intends to bring top machine learning researchers and engineers to advance AI research and its applications in this new center. It has also paved the way for opportunities for machine learning researchers to join this new center, as research scientists or research software engineers.

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“We’re committed to collaborating with local universities and research centers, as well as working with policymakers on the potential uses of AI in Africa,” Jeff Dean, Senior Fellow, Google AI, and Moustapha Cisse, Staff Research Scientist and lead of Google AI Centre Accra noted. “We’re excited to combine our research interests in AI and machine learning and our experience in Africa to push the boundaries of AI while solving challenges in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, and education.”

The new AI center in Accra joins the list of other locations where Google focus on AI, including Paris, Zurich, Tokyo, Beijing, Montreal, Toronto, Seattle, Cambridge/Boston, Tel Aviv/Haifa, New York, and San Francisco headquarters.

AI has great potential to impact the world positively, so it makes sense that Africa should be well represented in the development of AI.

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