Google opens artificial intelligence research center in Ghana

Google opens artificial intelligence research center in Ghana

  • Google has announced the opening of an artificial intelligence research center in Ghana.
  • The center will focus on the use of AI in health, agriculture and education.
  • Investments are pouring into the continent, as it is expected to be home to 25% of the world’s population by 2050.

Google plans to open an artificial intelligence research center in Accra, Ghana, the latest in a series of investments that the American tech giant has made in Africa.

The center will focus on the use of AI in health, agriculture and education, Google said.

“We are committed to collaborating with local universities and research centers, as well as working with policy makers on the potential uses of AI in Africa,” the company said in a blog post on Wednesday, June 13.

Ghana’s new AI center will open later this year, and will host researchers and machine learning engineers, Google said, without providing further details on the number of staff it would hire.

The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, promised last year, during a visit to Lagos that Google wanted to continue expanding its presence on the continent. At the time, Pichai announced new investments in African startups as part of his Launchpad Accelerator in Africa. The company also launched a special version of YouTube, designed for users with low-speed internet connections.

Google’s interest in Africa comes at a time when a lot of international investments are being made across the African continent. In 30 years, the UN expects Africa to host 25% of the world’s 9 billion people. Not only is this a huge market, but investors are gearing up for the day when Africa’s developing economies reach their cruising speed.

Last month, Facebook opened a technology hub in Lagos, which will host a startup incubator. The social network has made many investments on the continent, including the launch of satellites to help expand internet access in sub-Saharan Africa.

According to recent reports, Russia is considering investments in East Africa, and China has spent billions on infrastructure and various projects on the continent.

Credit: Greg Sandoval/Business Insider

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