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IBM: Why we brought artificial intelligence computer, Watson, to Africa

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IBM says it brought Watson, an artificially intelligent computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural languages, to Africa to foster innovation across economies on the continent.

Africa as a continent has experienced a lot of technology advancement over the last one decade, a lot of innovations and research are also still going on, the US technology company says.

[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Uyi Stewart, Chief Scientist at IBM Research”]Africa has faced several challenges in time past stemming from population growth, water scarcity, disease, low agricultural yield and other factors that are impediments to inclusive economic growth, he adds noting that “IBM is bringing WATSON to Africa to help solve Africa problems.’’ [/blockquote]
says that IBM’s mission is to dream big for Africa.

‘’In a bit to solve Africa problem we want to create commercially viable innovations’’, he told attendees at talk held recently by IBM research in the University of Lagos to sensitise students on the effect and future of technology in Africa.

Africa has faced several challenges in time past stemming from population growth, water scarcity, disease, low agricultural yield and other factors that are impediments to inclusive economic growth, he adds noting that “IBM is bringing WATSON to Africa to help solve Africa problems.’’

In line with previous commitment placing Africa at the heart of IBM’s long-term growth strategy, the company announced that it is bringing its Watson cognitive computing platform to the continent and also investing $100m into the initiative.

IBM reckons that the technology would enable Africa to “leapfrog” stages of development that economies on the continent have failed to reach because they were too expensive.

‘’It could help with education in schools that have few computer resources by using API to get access to Watson’s analytical tools through cloud computing’’ Uyi adds.

Uyi however admonished the students to take advantage of the golden opportunity that IBM is bringing to Africa to help develop the challenges of Africa.

“Let’s think of great technology and take advantage of it as IBM is bringing WATSON to Africa”, he told the packed hall.

 

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Kolade Akinola Technology Journalist at Technology Times Mobile: + 234 (0) 807 401 6027

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  1. IBM new innovation is highly applauded. But we still need many angel investors to do the silicon valley thing in Nigeria. We are rich with ideas.

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