When you hear the term Artificial Intelligence ( AI), what do you think? I assume many people like to imagine tales of science fiction about robots taking our jobs and governing the globe. If you ask me, that’s a fairly bleak view. 

It’s no secret there’s AI on the horizon. Everybody’s vision of the future seems to include AI. We’ve to believe that AI would make our world better, not worse.

This is a bit of a secret: AI is already here. It is in the goods which we are using. It’s used by streaming platforms such as Netflix and Spotify, not to mention Apple’s Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Home. To make these experiences more personal, their algorithms learn from your music preferences and viewing habits and suggest similar content.

These items aren’t terrifying. They are user friendly and easy to use. That’s why I think it’s time we stopped worrying about how AI would damage us, and instead concentrated on how it would help us live better lives. To that end, I will show you the top ten ways in which Africans can benefit from AI.

But the next big thing is AI or just a fad? Well, here are some patterns that show you how serious AI individuals are about

The view of AI by the public is positive. In a survey, 61 percent of individuals agree that with increased automation and AI, society will become stronger. This feeling is particularly true among young people who have grown up in a digital world.


The investment of Venture Capital in AI is growing. 2017 was a record year for investing in AI. It’s been up 300 per cent from the previous year. Investors assume that AI can affect almost every aspect of life so they invest in many different industries.

Businesses believe AI would provide them with a competitive edge. This is claimed by over 80 per cent of survey respondents. AI would encourage undertakings to move into other sectors and markets. And here’s the curious part, so far only 23% have integrated AI into their business.

It’s obvious that those patterns prove that Africa has a great chance. We should ensure that the quality of life in our country is improved by AI.

The top 10 ways AI could benefit Africans:

  1. Self-driving cars: The leading factor in many car-related accidents, especially in Africa, is human error. It’ll cut down on traffic accidents by removing the human factor, making our streets safer. In several parts of the world such autonomous cars are already on the track. And if passengers don’t drive anymore they can spend time doing other things. To appeal to those changing needs, the car can be revamped.


  1. Doing risky jobs: A lot of people worry about AI robots taking their jobs. But in the workforce still human beings are needed. AI can start doing just slow or risky work. Human beings and computers will at the very least function together.


  1. Personalized medicine: A new form of tattoo-the smart tattoo-is evolving. It puts health sensors on your skin and can tell you, for example, whether your blood sugar is low or if you are dehydrated. Those tattoos are just as informative as decorative.


  1. Improved treatment for the elderly: AI could help older people to maintain their independence. AI-powered robots may involve people by providing conversation, reminding them to take medicine and offering mental and physical activity recommendations. Overall, AI might provide monitoring of the health and the climate.


  1. Virtual personal assistants: You might argue that this is something Siri or Alexa already do. But I do believe they’re just going to get more advanced. Just like smartphones are spreading like wildfire through Africa, so will smart home and virtual assistants in the 2020s. There are many new services from large and small businesses out there that can book your meetings, find places for eating and drinking, and, most importantly, understand your questions and give you the right answer.


  1. Smart homes: AI could automate your entire house, thus saving electricity. Imagine when you get home from work the air conditioning turns on and the lights dim for ambience. And you can check your phone to see who it is when someone knocks on the door when you’re away. It is intended that these systems are intuitive and straightforward.


  1. Better prothetics: AI control prosthetics now. Prothetics are embedded with computer vision sensors. The camera takes a picture of the object and measures the correct understanding required to pick up the object quickly. The prosthesis is ten times quicker than the rivals.


  1. Improving Education: AI could in many ways support African education. It may automate tasks such as grading, help develop classes, and help students with tutoring. Many universities, on a side note, are launching AI research programs.


  1. Make entertainment more personal: I mentioned earlier that already services such as Spotify and Netflix use AI. And it can only become more personalized. AI would be able to interpret a film scene, understand what characters feel, and, among others, evaluate the mood and topics of specific content.


  1. Creativity boosting: AI has written thousands of dollars worth of movie screenplays and drawn drawings. If you ever want to draw but don’t know how to get started, then AI can help. A software that predicts what you’re drawing has been published by Google and then provides you with a list of previously made drawings. AI is also used for literature , music, and design.

Only a peek into where AI will take us is offered by this list. The possibilities really are infinite. The best thing is we don’t have to wait too long for it to come.


Source: https://www.pulse.ng/bi/tech/10-ways-africans-may-benefit-from-artificial-intelligence/3bxg7vq

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