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From smarter education to our own bots -the future of Artificial Intelligence in Zimbabwe

I found university computer science teachers from all over the country in training on AI systems development, with the primary goal of being to triggering interest that would cascade down to the respective local universities.

Deep learning & powerful hardware – what we need for Artificial Intelligence in Zimbabwe

Your head can do 10 quadrillion calculations per second. Whatever tech will do to match this kind of human brain computational power on the road to AGI, it must match the convenience of a human brain both in size and resources which you and I have between the ears.

Artificial Intelligence is evolving right now – here’s how

Still, there’s a lot that these AI systems can do. Government and municipalities like the City of Harare which has a vision to attain world class city status should apply these systems.

Extradition emerges in Zimbabwe’s draft Cybercrime Bill – here’s what it means & why it’s easier said than done

It is, therefore, the case that only the most serious crimes such as terrorism, money laundering, human trafficking, drug trafficking, war crimes, genocide and so on really a stand chance when countries seek extradition.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already here in Zimbabwe – this is what we need to know about it

Just about every industry imaginable has something AI related going in. This ranges from deep sea mining, the military-industrial complex to tech giants making sense of big data churned-out, daily, online.

Here is a list of Zimbabwean banks still accepting incoming US dollar wires into personal accounts

In case someone out there is stranded and failing not only to receive online payments for jobs done but generally incoming transfers even as an expatriate, the following are some Zimbabwean banks still accepting international incoming transfers in USD into individual accounts.

Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe plans system overhaul, to shut down e-banking services

Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe will enter into a total shutdown starting today 3pm to facilitate a system upgrade that will last until Monday 8am, according to an SMS message sent out to customers.

UN says online rights are also human rights and must be protected

In the last several days, some governments around the world raised their hands in solidarity with the importance of internet freedoms. The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council last week passed a landmark resolution which seeks protection of human rights on the Internet. The resolution is on “the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights […]

Beitbridge demos show social media’s struggle for credibility over mainstream news

While it helps one quickly get a sense of what is going on through real-time news and propels the news to travel fast, for the most part I find social media news distorted, full of emotion and inevitably calling for independent verification usually from the same digital traditional media almost each time something serious happens.

CABS joins NMB in refusing individual USD telegraphic transfers as cash crisis bites

An email late Friday, but dated 23 June, sent out to customers from Managing Director Simon Hammond, CABS has announced termination of processing of telegraphic transfers (TT), both incoming and outgoing, for individuals in USD, GBP and EUR effective 01 July 2016. This follows a similar move by NMB Bank Limited nearly two months ago when the […]

Your device’s been stolen? You should’ve used Prey

Here’s a look at why you should consider using Prey, the theft protection application that is primarily designed to help recover stolen or missing devices such as desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.

Econet quietly introduces automatic airtime credit on *179#

All along Econet subscribers had the option to get once-off airtime credit of 30 cents, 50 cents or 75 cents payable with 7 days through regular account recharge. This has now been enhanced by the automatic airtime credit option.

Looking for employment? Here are 5 places where Zimbabweans can make money online

I personally think digital skills export should really be a mass government initiative supported by a right policy framework. It has the capacity to turn out to be a big foreign currency earner for this economy. Here are 5 places where this is demonstrated.

Zimbabwe’s incomplete PayPal experience adds to cash crisis frustrations

This adds to the frustrations that we face in a cash strapped economy that has its eyes opened wide for foreign capital injections. Whatever inflows that could be coming via PayPal are not making their way into Zimbabwe when it needs them the most.

Let’s not kid ourselves, government & policy are necessary pieces of the tech puzzle

While I agree that governments often tend to do things that count for imprudence, the reality of the matter is that while we may not want anything to do with policy makers, the policy makers have everything to do with us and our tech goals.

Zimbabwe needs its own Ministry of the Future, here’s why.

The idea behind a Ministry of the Future is, therefore, a willful attempt by any concerned government to admit it’s made for the past and accept its apparent limitations and begin disentangling itself from the oddity of a traditional government trying to find its way in a rapidly and uncompromisingly changing 21st Century.

Dawn of the Drone in Zimbabwe as CAAZ readies to announce regulations

Under increasing inquiries from a growing and anxious number of people and companies interested in operating drones, the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe confirmed to this writer that they are at an advanced stage in developing regulations for this technology to cover the Zimbabwean territory. Indications are that by early August 2015 we could expect a public announcement on the matter.