Google to use Accra AI Centre to Transform Healthcare, Agriculture in Africa

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The Accra Artificial Intelligence (AI) centre will be a game changer in Ghana and Africa’s quest to transform its economy, especially healthcare and agriculture because of its knowledge-based approach to solving problems, Google has said.

The Accra AI Centre, the first of its kind in Africa, according to the IT giant, would support diagnosis, treatment and prediction of outcome in clinical situations. In addition, AI promotes precision farming to generate accurate and controlled techniques that help provide guidance and understanding about water, nutrient management, optimal harvesting and planting times as well as the right times for crop rotation.

“AI can be used to diagnose certain diseases in crops so that stakeholders can take early action to help mitigate some of the issues that our farmers face. So artificial intelligence is very important in the area of agriculture,” Head of Google AI Accra, Mustapha Cisse said.

Mr. Cisse who spoke during a media briefing to officially launch the AI Accra, noted that the centre will also promote machine learning, research and engineering, as well as collaboration with local and international universities to fashion out solutions to many of the problems affecting the country’s development and the continent at large.

Accra now joins the likes of others such as Paris, Zurich, Tokyo, Beijing, Montreal, Toronto, Seattle, Cambridge/Boston, Tel Aviv/Haifa, New York and San Franciso in hosting Google AI labs.


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