Cisse said Google has started carrying out research to develop solutions that would address the problems peculiar to Africa, one of which was the development of solutions for pancreatic cancer in Africans.
AI is the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making and translation between languages.
According to Cisse, operations at the AI Centre is based on Google’s AI principles which ensures that things done will benefit people, will not violate their rights and done in a responsible way.
“At Google AI, we are conducting research that advances the state-of-the-art in the field, applying AI to products and developing tools to ensure that everyone can access AI.
“AI is no longer science fiction, but now a practical software engineering tool that is proving crucial to advancing science and tackling some of the biggest global challenges, as well as helping millions of people in their daily living.
“In practice, AI is all about recognising patterns, making sense of messiness, picking signals out of the noise.
“It can help people focus on what is relevant and open up new ways to solve problems in almost every imaginable field.
“AI helps pathologists to spot cancer cells on sides; advising farmers on how to address problems with their crops and allowing manufacturers to better predict equipment breakdown.
“It helps in making predictions in less than one second for farmers and their yields,” he said.
Cisse said ultimately, AI biggest impact would come when everyone could access it, adding that Google was committed to publishing their research, participating in academic conferences and sharing tools and datasets.
He added that AI was for everyone, listing some of the things it could be used for to include creating a more efficient diary farms, predicting cargo space on flights, and routing customers’ helpline calls.
Others are spotting anomalies on a food production line, solving the youth unemployment challenges, better flight route predictions, among others.
Cisse said alongside the tremendous opportunities that AI offers, there were new challenges, including how society think about fairness, building inclusive experiences, and equipping workforce for jobs of the future.
He said that AI’s influence on the world would be determined by the choices people make in embracing it, the guidance, boundaries set for its application by government and international bodies.
The software engineers and research scientists were present at the unveiling of the centre, including Andrea Frome, Yann Dauphin, Nyalleng Moorosi, Jorg Doku, Sarah Hooker, Mohammad Nassar, among others.(NAN)