When it comes to the development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) globally, Africa has been at the back seat for quite a long time now. This is the thought of Google, as it gears up to opening an AI research center in the heart of Africa – Ghana, to be precise.
The announcement was made on Google’s official blog on. It reads in part “… we’re announcing a Google AI research center in Africa, in Accra, Ghana.” The research center is to open up before the end of this year in Ghana capital, Accra.
Google said, it’s decision to bring an AI center to Africa (Ghana) meant, it would bring together top machine learning researchers and engineers in this new center dedicated to AI research and its applications. That would make the Accra center rank among Google’s other locations around the world like those in its Mountain View Headquarter, Beijing China, Paris France, Zurich and New York.
Google, which is committed to the development of AI has been working to bring the benefits of AI to everyone through computer science research. Its AI, Google AI Assistant is integrated into smart watches, smart-home speakers, smart android TV, Android phones and chrome based notebooks. Its choice of opening an AI center in Ghana isn’t only a welcome idea, but certainly an attestation to its commitment to cutting edge innovations that can tackle challenges and build products that impact billions of people every day.
At the AI centre in Ghana, Google will not only be conducting research; it will also combine its research interests in AI and machine learning with its experience in Africa, to push the boundaries of AI while solving challenges in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, and education across Africa. In view of this, Google will be collaborating with local universities and research centers in making this a reality.
If you’re a machine learning researcher interested in joining this new center, you can apply as a Research Scientist or a Research Software Engineer.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines. In computer science, the field of AI research defines itself as the study of “intelligent agents”: any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal. Colloquially, the term “artificial intelligence” is applied when a machine mimics “cognitive” functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as “learning” and “problem solving”.
The central problems (or goals) of AI research include reasoning, knowledge, planning, learning, natural language processing(communication), perception and the ability to move and manipulate objects. General intelligence is among the field’s long-term goals. Approaches include statistical methods, computational intelligence, and traditional symbolic AI. Many tools are used in AI, including versions of search and mathematical optimization, logic, methods based on probability and economics