Nigeria prepares for a fourth industrial revolution with the launch of AI and Robotics centre.

Nigeria’s Minister of Communication and the Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami launches the newly opened center for AI and Robotics

Nigeria has commissioned its first AI and Robotics centre in its capital city, Abuja. The Minister of Communication and the Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, did the honours 3 days ago. 

A tweet on the 13th, informed the public of the commissioning. The tweet featured the theme: “Fourth Industrial Revolution: In a bid to harness converging technologies to create an inclusive, human-centred Future”. 

Furthermore, the tweet revealed that the centre will be equipped with a 3D printer, training facilities, the digital innovation lab, Abuja MIT Reap office, a co-working space for startups, Market place and fablab infrastructure.

With a prediction that Artificial Intelligence will generate over $100 billion in revenue by 2025, the centre looks to be a step in the right direction.

The prospects AI brings to Africa is huge. The technology could augment for what the continent lacks in education, healthcare and the creative industries. In the U.S, misdiagnosing and medical errors, account for 10% of deaths. AI can predict and diagnose diseases faster than medical professionals.

An AI model reportedly detected breast cancer faster than 11 pathologists.

In Nigeria, an AI startup, Ubenwa is using AI  to improve the diagnosis of birth asphyxia in low resource areas. 

In a study conducted in Zambia, AI was used to diagnose diabetic retinopathy, and the results were very promising. The results showed that AI did significantly better than humans.

AI could definitely make a difference in Africa’s Healthcare system, which has been lacking in numerous  areas. Africa’s proactive adoption could save more lives and improve the quality of life on the continent.

The minister also explained that the centre would serve as a training hub in areas of AI and Robotics.

Africans being able to create and harness this technology on their own, will reduce the economic strain on the continent and will, at the same time, improve its technological sector.

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