Global search engine giant Google has announced plans to open an artificial intelligence research center in Ghana’s capital, Accra.
It will be the first of the search giant’s AI centers to be in Africa, bringing together machine learning experts and engineers on projects dedicated to the technology and its many applications.
In a company blog post, a senior fellow at Google AI, Jeff Dean, and Moustapha Cisse, research scientist and head of the new center in Accra, outlined how Africa is ripe for investment in emerging technologies.
“In recent years we’ve witnessed an increasing interest in machine learning research across the continent,” they wrote. “Events like Data Science Africa 2017 in Tanzania, the 2017 Deep Learning Indaba event in South Africa, and follow-on IndabaX events in 2018 in multiple countries, have shown an exciting and continuing growth of the computer science research community in Africa.”
By 2034, it is predicted that Africa will have the world’s largest working-age population: around 1.1 billion people.
The move to explore AI in Ghana, therefore, represents another step towards nurturing digital skills on the continent and making the most of its enormous potential and talent.