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Privacy is NOT a reason to slow down AI in medicine


AI in medicine, particular in pediatric medicine holds much promise in taking scarce human expertise and making it available throughout rural America and to the rest of the world. Rwanda has one pediatric cardiologist in the country. In 2015, when neural network technology succeeded in building computer algorithms which were better than humans at image recognition signaled the beginning of this renaissance in AI. But, as the above chart courtesy of Jeff Dean, head of Google Brain shows, the only way to get increasing degrees of accuracy is to have more and more data. Any of you in major metro areas will see Waymo vans driving around collecting more and more data to feed autonomous driving software development.

Will AI risk analysis really expand access to credit in Africa?


Traditionally, African lenders use credit bureau scores, assessing, for instance, if a customer has a history of missed credit card payments. When no history exists, they evaluate social demographics: is the customer female – in which case they are likelier to repay – do they work in a stable job market and can they prove a regular income? But this can put those who are unbanked or informally employed at a disadvantage. Michele Tucci, chief product officer at fintech company Credolab said: "African lenders lack data to make good credit decisions and social demographic data can bring you only so far." He estimates that African lenders cannot obtain credit bureau scores for 70% of customers and simply reject them.

23% of elite rugby players have brain structure abnormalities, study finds

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A highly concerning new study lays bare the danger of repeated head impacts for rugby players. After performing scans of 44 elite adult rugby players, experts found 23 per cent had abnormalities in brain structure, specifically in white matter and blood vessels of the brain. White matter mainly comprises the neural pathways, the long extensions of the nerve cells, and is crucial to our cognitive ability. The study also found 50 per cent of the rugby players had an unexpected reduction in brain volume. Non-profit the Drake Foundation, which backed the study, is now calling for immediate changes in rugby protocols to ensure long-term welfare of elite players.

Nigeria to now deploy robots and artificial intelligence to fight criminals -- Senate


The Senate on Wednesday, July 14, said that the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has established a centre for artificial intelligence and robotics to deploy the use of robots and artificial intelligence in combating crime and criminality in Nigeria. The Senate stated this during the consideration of a report on'the spate of growing insecurity in Nigeria. The report was submitted by the Joint Committee on Legislative Compliance and Communications. The Chairman of the Joint Committee, Senator Adelere Adeyemi Oriolowo (APC, Osun West), in his presentation, said there were programmes and projects by the Ministry and its agencies to support security agencies in fighting crime. Oloriowo disclosed that a total of twenty-three Emergency Communication Centres using the 112 code have been commissioned, with an additional 12 almost ready for commissioning.

Enter the ITU Challenge to optimize 5G networks with AI


Can machine learning help emerging markets leapfrog generations of technology to take advantage of future networks? Join a group of Nigerian academics on their quest to build a freely available speech recognition library that can function locally given the huge number of languages spoken across Africa.

Africa Data School July 28th Open Day.


Africa Data School is 12 weeks of intensive training in Artificial intelligence, Data Science, Deep Learning, Machine learning, Computer vision, and Natural Language Processing. Africa Data School invites you to our virtual Open day Wednesday 28th 2021 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EAT. Come hangout with Africa Data School as they give you first hand experience of what happens in the school.

SynProNize picks Arabic drama duo


Dubai-based producer and distributor SynProNize has acquired Arabic drama series Beirut Bride and Al Nihaya for distribution in Ghana and Pakistan respectively. Beirut Bride, from MENA broadcaster MBC, is a love story about a businessman and a nightclub singer whose relationship is scrutinised by society. From Egypt's Synergy Advertising, Al Nihaya (The End) is set in 2120, when the world has been ravaged and left in ruins. To set things right, a software engineer tries to counteract the impact of technology on the world. But everything changes when he meets a robot clone of himself.

How Artificial Intelligence is transforming our world - Punch Newspapers


The impact of Artificial Intelligence continues to be felt across industries. A McKinsey report after analysing some AI use cases stated that'the impact of artificial intelligence will most likely be substantial in marketing and sales as well as supply-chain management and manufacturing'. The same report argues that AI has the potential to create trillions of dollars of value across the economy if business leaders work to understand what it can and cannot do. Looking at this critically, one would wonder how Africa's manufacturing industries would be able to compete with other continents that are massively adding AI-powered tools and solutions to their production lines? China, for example, has more or less made artificial intelligence a major priority, investing heavily so as to ensure the country stays ahead.

SA leans toward dystopian tech future unless moves are made soon –


South Africa could face a dystopian technological future, in which artificial intelligence works against the masses and only a few'haves' benefit, unless moves are made to harness technology for societal good now. This is according to Johan Steyn, chair of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) Special Interest Group on AI and Robotics (SIGAIR), who was speaking at the IITPSA Gauteng Chapter AGM this week. Steyn said the world was at a crossroads, where either a utopian technological future or a dystopian one was possible. "In a potential utopian future, smart technology can bring us an ideal society with higher living standards for everyone on earth. We could be post scarcity, and benefit from the avoidance of suffering and even the prevention of death. Technology could reflect and encourage the best we have to offer as human beings," he said.

The Anthony Bourdain Doc Is No Hagiography


Within seconds of the opening of Roadrunner, a new documentary from the Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom, Won't You Be My Neighbor?), the writer, chef, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain is already talking about death. Sitting at a table with an unseen companion, he says that he has no investment in what happens to his remains after he is gone, except insofar as it might provide "entertainment value" for his body to be, say, fed into a woodchipper and sprayed around the London department store Harrods at rush hour. Given that Bourdain died by suicide in 2018 during the filming of an episode of his CNN show Parts Unknown in Alsace, France, this mordant joke takes on extra-gruesome meaning--and as a montage later on in the movie shows, it was far from the only time he cracked wise on camera about his own death. Roadrunner intercuts clips of interviews with its subject and those who were close to him with behind-the-scenes footage from his shows and snippets from the movies and music he loved. Bourdain was a lifelong cinephile, and the film's stream-of-consciousness-style editing often folds shots from his favorite films into scenes from his travels and his personal life: a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for an episode of Parts Unknown becomes an excuse for Bourdain to reenact, and Neville to incorporate, scenes from Apocalypse Now.