Academic City discusses Artificial Intelligence and its implications for Africa

As part of efforts to support the advancement of the development of AI in Ghana and across the African continent, Academic City University College organised a panel discussion on AI and its implications for Africa’s development. The conversation focused on the current state of Artificial Intelligence, its future consequences, and how society can ensure that AI is used ethically and for the benefit of all.

From virtual assistants in our homes to the algorithms that fuel social media and online advertising, AI is increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives. AI has the potential to improve our lives in innumerable ways, but it also poses significant concerns regarding privacy, security, and the impact on jobs and the economy.

The panel discussion which was o the topic, “The Intersection of AI and Human Intelligence: Opportunities and Challenges,” addressed a variety of themes, such as the current state of AI, the technology’s potential benefits and concerns, and how we can ensure that AI is utilised ethically. The speakers also examined the influence of artificial intelligence (AI) on the workforce and the economy, as well as the role of government and other institutions in regulating AI.

As part of the university’s initiatives to enhance technology and innovation education in Africa, Academic City is the first institution in the continent to offer degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Engineering. The panel discussion is a component of Academic City’s larger effort to interact with the community on issues concerning technology and society.

Commenting on the event, Ing. Dr. Lucy Agyepong, Vice President, Institutional Advancement of Academic City remarked “Artificial intelligence is transforming our world, and it is crucial that we have a deliberate and informed discussion about its societal implications. As a leading institution of higher education, we are pleased to host this panel and bring together experts to discuss these intricate issues.”

Deborah Kanubala, an expert in Machine Learning and the event’s moderator, emphasised the need to ensure that AI is used for the benefit of society as a whole and not just for the benefit of a select few. She added, “By bringing together experts from across the field, we can explore the complex issues surrounding AI and develop solutions that prioritise the needs of all people.”