A South African perspective on the US election

Al Jazeera

Americans may be faced with a tough choice on November 8, but the differences between the two presidential candidates are clear. On foreign policy, Donald Trump has a mercantalist view of the world and he is intent on closing off the world and building up America's borders to keep others out, whereas Hillary Clinton is much more open and wants more people at the table because she wants to expand America's international standing. Under Clinton, ties with South Africa could be further strengthened through existing cooperative trade arrangements such as the African Growth and Opportunity Act and preferential trade agreements that would enable the United States to expand its interests in the country and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Trump, however, wants to "make America great again" and, in his quest to establish US global dominance, he might just want unfettered trade access without reciprocity towards other states. Domestically, there are large differences in wealth and poverty in both South Africa and the US, and in different ways the closing of this gap has continued to be a key election issue in both countries.


AI in healthcare is being built by and for the wealthiest: we need a wider perspective, warns WHO

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While artificial intelligence stands to bring rapid improvements to the healthcare sector, director-general of the World Health Organisation Margaret Chan has warned that it must be for the good of everybody – not just the wealthiest countries. "What good does it do to get early diagnoses of skin or breast cancer if a country does not provide the opportunity for treatment or if the price of medicines are not affordable?" "Many developing countries don't have health data to mine. And they don't have functioning systems for registering vital causes of death stats. "Enthusiasms for smart machines reflect the perspectives of well-resourced companies and wealthy countries.




Smart cities

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Streets swamped by muddy water with garbage floating by, roads impassable. As in previous years, Diamniadio Lake City has not escaped the series of floods that affect some cities in Senegal each rainy season. Indeed, this urban centre is preparing to test, thanks to Artificial Intelligence (AI), a new way of managing urban development. "By taking the Digital Technologies Park of Diamniadio as a reference site, we have carried out modelling and worked on water runoff scenarios in order to channel them and solve these flood problems," Bassirou Abdoul Ba, coordinator of the Digital Technologies Park, told Scidev.Net. This park, covering 25 hectares, is the first experimental phase of the "smart city" under construction 35km from Dakar, the Senegalese capital.