Introduction to our Work
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a suite of technologies that are experiencing a renaissance moment. No longer merely a dream of computer scientists, AI is now widely deployed in a variety of applications. Our focus is “African AI” – AI that is developed in Africa and/or by African developers for use within the African context or primarily for African users.
By researching AI tools, products, trends, policies, and impacts, we seek to contribute to the conversations that will help to positively steer the development and impact of AI. In particular, we seek to contribute to the definition and pursuit of responsible AI. We are also committed to the incorporation of gender issues in AI research and development as AI becomes more widely adopted.
Our current AI research is focused on the central question “Does African AI differ substantively from AI developed elsewhere?”.
We invite you to explore our work through the tabs at the left.
Below is a sample of our work: Our submission to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as they seek consultation on issues affecting Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence.
The speaker is Ms. Wanjiru Muchiri, a Research Fellow and IP expert at CIPIT. The full video can be found here.
Our IP team also took part in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) “How does AI work?” competition in November 2020 where participants were asked to send in short videos explaining AI in a fun, engaging, and easily accessible way. We are pleased to announce that we were selected as one of the winners and our video is displayed on the WIPO AI Exhibition page.