AI for SDGs – Its All About the Data

AI for SDG

I recently came across the following article: “Surveying Attitudinal Alignment between Large Language Models vs. Humans towards 17 Sustainable Development Goals.” For those who aren’t aware, in 2015 the United Nations endorsed the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” that included 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), along with 169 specific targets, aimed at addressing a range […]

AI + AT = ?

Can Artificial Intelligence Improve Assistive Technologies for Persons with Disabilities?  Across Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, Persons with Disabilities are 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed than people without disability. Among the many factors that contribute to this disparity is the lack of assistive technologies. (In East Africa, where Next Step […]

Roughnecks in the Machine 

Data Annotators are the Roughnecks of AI  Then  Now  Staff of Juma work on computers at the office in Lagos, Nigeria, on January 20, 2020. Picture taken January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja  As I noted in a recent post, in 2017, The Economist magazine said “data” was the oil of the digital era. If that […]

Responsible AI in Africa Requires DATA 

“There is inherent power and control in datasets.”  Whether AI is or will be “ethical” or “responsible” is the subject of much conjecture and debate, but most of that discussion has centred around the Global North. Far less attention is paid to how AI will affect the economies (and cultures) of countries in Africa. A […]