Revisiting the Nairobi meeting of the African Network in Artificial Intelligence

We are revisiting the great event in April in Nairobi where K4A with IDRC support provided the capacity building and funding needed to launch the African Network in Artificial Intelligence and its basic activities around the African machine learning communities to support the pioneering stages of development driven approached within AI in Africa. The pictures are form the last day of the Nairobi workshop hosted at IBM Kenya.

Release of Government AI Readiness Index 2019

The Government AI Readiness Index 2019: More Equal Implementation Needed to Close Global Inequalities
The Government AI Readiness Index 2019: More Equal Implementation Needed to Close Global Inequalities in Artificial Intelligence

 

Over the past few months, Knowledge 4 All Foundation, a key partner in the Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) initiative to advance AI in the Global South, partnered with Oxford Insights, an international public sector consultancy specialising in AI, and IDRC which prepared the second edition of the Government AI Readiness Index. This year’s index is more globally represented and expanded the scope to cover all UN countries. Having calculated scores for all 194 governments included in the report, Oxford Insights invited experts from each region to contribute commentary to help bring our findings to life with their insights and local knowledge.

AI4D interview series: John Shawe-Taylor, University College London

John Shawe-Taylor, University College London (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/john-blog)
John Shawe-Taylor, University College London (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/john-blog)

My bluesky projects is education, where I believe AI can enhance the educational provision and experience of countless people across the globe, because it can provide high quality educational materials for the masses.

Organized by K4A, IDRC, SIDA at workshop “Toward a Network of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) in sub-Saharan Africa”, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2019, #UnitedNations #artificialintelligence #SDG #UNESCO #videolectures #AI4DNetwork #AI4Dev #AI4D 

AI4D interview series: Maria Fasli, University of Essex

Maria Fasli, University of Essex, UNESCO Chair in Data Science and Analytics, (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/maria-blog/)
Maria Fasli, University of Essex, UNESCO Chair in Data Science and Analytics, (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/maria-blog/)

My bluesky project in AI for Africa is instead of running surveys, to learn from observational data

Organized by K4A, IDRC, SIDA at workshop “Toward a Network of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) in sub-Saharan Africa”, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2019, @MariaFasli  #UnitedNations #artificialintelligence #SDG #UNESCO #videolectures #AI4DNetwork #AI4Dev #AI4D

AI4D interview series: Prateek Sibal from UNESCO

Prateek Sibal, UNESCO (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/blog-prateek/)

My bluesky project in AI for Africa is building human capacity in developing countries

Organized by K4A, IDRC, SIDA at workshop “Toward a Network of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) in sub-Saharan Africa”, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2019, #UnitedNations #artificialintelligence #SDG #UNESCO #videolectures #AI4DNetwork #AI4Dev #AI4D

AI4D interview series: Bolanle Oladejo, University of Ibadan

Bolanle F. Oladejo, University of Ibadan (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/blog-bolanle/)
Bolanle F. Oladejo, University of Ibadan (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/blog-bolanle/)

We want to have synergy where we can overcome challenges to data sets, consultants and supporting our PhD.

Organised by K4A, IDRC, SIDA at workshop “Toward a Network of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) in sub-Saharan Africa”, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2019, @UniIbadan #UnitedNations #artificialintelligence #SDG #UNESCO #videolectures #AI4DNetwork #AI4Dev #AI4D

AI4D interview series: Benjamin Rosman from University of the Witwatersrand

Benjamin Rosman, University of the Witwatersrand / CSIR (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/benjamin-blog/)

My blue sky project is a pipeline from fundamental research in Africa to applied research considering ethics and society all the way to commercialization.

Organised by K4A, IDRC, SIDA at workshop “Toward a Network of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) in sub-Saharan Africa”, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2019,@BenjaminRosman 

John Shawe-Taylor becomes new UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence

John Shawe Taylor and Fred Mulder @ UNESCO Chair Workshop on Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Learning at UNESCO HQ In Paris.
John Shawe Taylor is new UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence

We are pleased that the UNESCO  Selection Committee has favorably evaluated the proposal for the establishment of a UNESCO Chair on Artificial Intelligence at University College of London which is one of the core members of our network.

The standard Agreement between the UNESCO Director-General and UCL to formally establish the Chair will be prepared shortly.

The Chair will study Artificial Intelligence as a driver and component for solutions and strategies to assist the achievement of the SDGs. This makes John Shawe-Taylor (K4A Chairman) the third trustee to become UNESCO Chair.