Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the African continent in gaining traction and will before long become profoundly significant in Africans day to day activities. AI technology is likely to alter business operations and performance, enhance productivity, and improve health care, education, legal and judicial services and transportation in Africa. AI also has the potential to solve the continent’s most challenging problems and to reduce existing inequalities. AI also has the potential to solve the continent’s most challenging problems and to reduce existing inequalities. The COSAA 2023 Conference highlighted the utilization of AI technologies in transforming the business, healthcare, legal and agricultural sectors in Africa. It also identifies significant gaps unique to Africa in realizing the full potential of AI. The report focuses on four key thematic areas; AI and Data, AI and Innovation, AI Use in Health, Agriculture, Legal and Creative fields and lastly Responsible AI.
Establishing a strategic approach to leverage AI necessitates consideration of the challenges that may hinder the development and adoption of AI on the African continent. The benefits and risks of AI technology are not equally distributed across regions of the world. In Africa, there are substantial gaps in accessing knowledge, data, education, training, and human resources essential for the development and the adoption of AI technologies principally owing to the digital divide. In considering the existing gaps and acknowledging the strides made to address the them, the COSAA Conference examined the state of AI in Africa in four key thematic areas, namely;
AI and Data: Privacy Surveillance Concerns and Mitigation Measures
AI and Innovation: Infrastructure Capacity and Data
Practical use of AI: AI Use and Impact in Health, Agriculture, Legal and Creative Fields in Africa.
Responsible AI: Policies and Legal Frameworks.