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AI Portraits Ars The experience of being portrayed by the world's greatest artists.

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In the early 1500s Lorenzo Lotto and Giovan Battista Moroni began the psychological analysis through portraiture. From this moment, the focus on the sitter's identity becomes the leitmotif in the history of portrait. Portraits interpret the external beauty, social status, and then go beyond our body and face. A portrait becomes a psychological analysis and a deep reflection on our existence. AI Portraits Ars uses Artificial Intelligence to reproduce artistic human portraits, with different styles and levels of abstraction.


Artificial Intelligence: A direction for future growth

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In present Digital age, Artificial intelligence has many prospects for developing countries. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks associated with intellect and reasoning. According to report by Mc Kinsey 2018 Global institute, artificial intelligence has the potential to add to global output by about 16 percent or around $13 trillion by 2030. It has potential to contribute to an annual average productivity growth of about 1.2 percent by 2030. Artificial intelligence (AI) has potential to contribute towards productivity enhancement in various sectors through job and capacity creation.


The future of AI research is in Africa

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Sitting in a hotel lobby in Tangier, Morocco, Charity Wayua laughs as she recounts her journey to the city for a conference on technology and innovation. After starting her trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where she leads one of IBM's two research centers in Africa, she had to fly past her destination for a layover in Dubai, double back to Casablanca, and then take a three-and-a-half-hour drive to Tangier. What would have been a seven- to eight-hour direct flight was instead a nearly 24-hour odyssey. This is not unusual, she says. The hassle of traveling within the region isn't the only thing making things difficult for Africa's research community: the difficulty of traveling out of the region has often left its researchers out of the international conversation.


Artificial Intelligence School to Open in Fez

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With artificial intelligence expected to generate more than 2.3 million jobs by 2020, Morocco has begun to prepare its students for the future by opening a school dedicated to AI training. Rabat – As technology continues to be central in the world's vision for the future, the development of artificial intelligence (AI), the simulation of human intelligence by computers and machines, has become an increasingly important field in science. Meanwhile, Morocco, along with the rest of Africa, has largely failed to capitalize on this demand for AI research and development. However, all of this will change in the future, with the opening of a new school dedicated towards AI in Fez. In September, the Euromed University of Fez (UEMF) will open its doors to the Euromed School of Digital Engineering and Artificial Intelligence (EIDIA), a brand new center dedicated towards AI research, development, and education.


Nozha Boujemaa of Median Technologies: 'We need to build a secure AI system' The Africa Report.com

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Today, can all companies use artificial intelligence (AI), regardless of their size or sector of activity? Nozha Boujemaa: Yes, in fact the difficulty does not come from AI itself but from the data. People have not yet understood how important their structuring is. A company that wants to use AI must be able to exploit data even if they are multi-source, so they must be structured. We always talk about algorithms, but the algorithm is only the engine.


The future of AI research is in Africa

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In 2016, the Johannesburg team at IBM Research discovered that the process of reporting cancer data to the government, which used it to inform national health policies, took four years after diagnosis in hospitals. In the US, the equivalent data collection and analysis takes only two years. The additional lag turned out to be due in part to the unstructured nature of the hospitals' pathology reports. Human experts were reading each case and classifying it into one of 42 different cancer types, but the free-form text on the reports made this very time-consuming. So the researchers went to work on a machine-learning model that could label the reports automatically.


AI Expo Africa launches AI Art Challenge - Screen Africa

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In recent years, art-creating AI has pushed the boundaries of how we define art. AI Expo Africa, the largest business focused AI event in Africa, have launched a grand challenge to create an original piece of artwork or music that leverages AI. There will be one winner for each category (visual art & music) and winners must be citizens of an African country and must be living in Africa. Awards will be presented to the winner at the exclusive AI Expo Africa VIP event on the opening night of AI Expo Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, on 3 September 2019 – with the winning music track(s) being played during the event and art work on display. Both works will be auctioned during an exclusive event on 4 September.


Africa: MTN Group Launches Africa's First AI Service for Momo

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The MTN Group has launched Africa's first Mobile Money (MoMo) Artificial Intelligence (AI) service or "chatbot". A statement issued by the Group's Corporate Affairs on Tuesday said the chatbot went live in Ivory Coast in May and would be rolled out across MTN's MoMo footprint in the next few months. The AI mobile money "assistant" enables customers to engage with MTN's MoMo services, including payments on various social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, and via SMS. The statement said the service would also be included over time, in MTN's own newly released advanced instant messaging service "Ayoba". It said the chatbot was an AI guide that assists users to navigate MTN's MoMo services and provide other useful information.


Facebook uses AI to create density maps of Africa

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Facebook is working closely with key non-profit and research partners to use artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to address large-scale social, health and infrastructure challenges in sub Saharan Africa. These efforts range from rural electrification in Tanzania to vaccinating people in remote corners of Malawi. Facebook is applying the processing muscle of its compute power, its extensive data science skills and its expertise in AI and machine learning to create the world's most detailed and accurate maps of local populations. Facebook also partners with Columbia University's Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN (http://www.ciesin.org/)) to ensure that this effort leverages the best available administrative data for all countries involved. The Boston-based Facebook team uses advanced computer vision and machine learning to combine satellite imagery from Digital Globe with public census data and other sources to create detailed population density maps of Africa.


Artificial Intelligence Africa

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Powered by AI technologies, businesses are transforming the way they operate. But what is the real opportunity for your business? Where can you implement tech to maximise the benefits and how do you need to adapt to take advantage? These are the questions being addressed at the cutting-edge of business transformation in Africa. Engaging with leading global multinationals as well as regional powerhouses, the AI Summit Cape Town event will uncover the true opportunity AI presents for the most forward-thinking enterprises, tackling the challenges around people-change management, upskilling the workforce, creating deeper relationships with customers and partners as well as understanding the business case.