South Korean artificial intelligence (AI) researcher, Ms Mira Kwak has said that Nigeria has the capacity to become a leading powerhouse in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
The AI expert, who says that technology can be used as a tool to portray Nigeria culture positively to the international community said this at the Nigeria ICT Fest held recently in Lagos and organized by a youth team comprising Agbolade Omowole, Imoleda Michael and Ayemhere Aidaghese.
“Technology offers peculiar advantages to latecomers-those in the developing world can grow faster than developed countries, avoid trial and error, achieve technological and industrial upgrading and redesign current technologies and solve current ICT problems”, Kwak says.
Other speakers at the event also pointed out pathways for Nigeria to move forward in ICT. One of the speakers is Dr. Ben Goertzel, also an expert in artificial intelligence, who underscored the need to differentiate from Artificial General Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence, which is narrowly focused to solve problems.
Another speaker is Mr. Micah Redding who spoke on “Christianity, Emerging Technologies, and the Developing World” challenged the view that Christians are not supposed to be actively involved in the society.
According to Redding, there exist vertical and horizontal developments in which he referred to vertical development as revolutionary development and horizontal development to improvements on existing technologies. He pointed out that they are both necessary for true development to take place.
Speaking on behalf of his team, Agbola said, “we are about to witness a technology explosion and it is important for countries of the world to grow together to ensure that these technologies are affordable and available to everyone regardless of geographical regions or economic status.”