Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

You Shouldn’t Trust Artificial Intelligence With Making Big Decisions, Thoughts From AfricaCom 2018

Artificial intelligence is a hot topic here at AfricaCom 2018 in Cape Town and we just took a look at whether you would trust artificial intelligence to be your lawyer? That discussion left me with a fundamental question. Should we entrust artificial intelligence to make big decisions? AI is quite amazing, you give it data, […]

AfricaCom 2018: Would You Trust Artificial Intelligence To Be Your Lawyer?

So day 1 of AfricaCom 2018 has officially wrapped up and kicked off the Artificial Intelligence Summit which is already proving to be thought-provoking. Some of the talks that were held as part of the AI Summit day 1 were: “Going beyond business – how can AI help to digitize Africa’s communities?”, “Building an autonomous […]

Zimbabwe Government Is Sending Our Faces To China So China’s Artificial Intelligence System Can Learn To See Black Faces

It seems the new dispensation is on a deal making spree that shows no signs of stopping. Zimbabwe is reported to have entered into a deal with CloudWalk, a Chinese facial recognition Start Up that is based in Gunagzhou. The deal will see the creation of a large-scale facial recognition program throughout the country. The […]

Facebook Has Come Up With A Cool New Video Calling Device

Facebook has just unveiled its first-ever Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered smart video chat devices, Portal and Portal+. These devices can display photos and videos posted by friends on Facebook and are made for AI-enhanced video calls with Facebook Messenger, an app with 1.3 billion monthly active users. The devices will be able to speak with Amazon’s Alexa […]

This Platform Pays Africans For Solving African Problems Using Data Science

We’ve heard the craze surrounding big data, AI and data science as a whole, but we haven’t seen is the effects of data science being felt in Africa the same way other continents are embracing the tech… Zindi is a startup looking to change that and I believe their initiative will go a long way […]

A Zimbabwean Working On A Driverless Car Raised Another $126 000 And Is About To Start Production

Around the halfway mark of 2017 we started talking about how William Sachiti –a Zimbabwean- the founder of Academy of Robotics, which was working on a driverless car to lower delivery costs was seeking funding. A few weeks later, Academy of Robotics had raised around $390K and the investment round was closed. The last mile […]

Social Media Etiquette Part 3 : The Ingenious Facebook

A few day back, we asked our Twitter audience about what they thought had caused the decline in Facebook ‘s revenue, one particular response caught my attention “They are trying to be all things to all people”. Indeed Facebook is now all things to all people. It keeps your memories and reminds you about them […]

Econet Introduces Digital Health Assistant To Help You Identify Illnesses Earlier

At the end of May, Econet released their financial results and included in the results was a sneak peek of products to come soon. Among the products promised was a car insurance service and a digital health assistant that would identify the symptoms of sickness. The health platform came about as a partnership with German […]

Mozilla Firefox Creators Working On A Voice Controlled Browser: Convenient Or Unnecessary?

The developers behind the popular Firefox browser are working on a very cool project: a voice-controlled browser and thus far they have settled for Scout as the name. Hey Scout, read me the article about polar bears. Users will be able to command their browsers using their voice instead of the traditional input devices we […]

Zimbabwe Robotics Team To Compete In Mexico Later This Year

The Zimbabwe Robotics Team will be competing in the FIRST(For Inspiration Recognition Science and Technology) Global Challenge in Mexico later this year. Background… Last year a group of students competed in the FIRST Global Challenge hosted in Washington DC, USA. This was the first time Zimbabwe was represented in such a competition and the team […]

Developers Are An Important Part Of The Data Science And Smart Cities Conversation In Zimbabwe: Thoughts After The FB Developer Circle Meetup

So the last time the Harare Facebook Developer Circle held a meetup, it was an artificial intelligence masterclass and well as the name says it was a bit too technical even for the seasoned developers who attended. Now, the meetup held today at Impact Hub catered for everyone regardless of skill level. The meetup was […]

Nedbank SA Has A Humanoid Robot On Staff, Hope It Comes To Zim As MBCA Rebrands To Nedbank

Nedbank SA has just invested in a new humanoid robot that will interact with people at their digital branch in Sandton. Pepper was purchased from a Japanese Corporation, Softbank and according to Fabio Machone, Nedbank’s Integrated Channel Officer, they invested between R400 000 – R500 000. Nedbank proudly states that this is the first humanoid robot to […]

Google Teaching Machine Learning and AI For FREE

Google is now offering an Introductory course on Artificial Intelligence(AI) and Machine Learning(ML) for free on its new Learn With AI site. Google hopes the site will be a hub of information for AI and ML. The site is intended to be a resource for everyone from beginners to advanced researchers. Google claims the site […]

Using Emotional Intelligent Robots to detect lies.

According to Dr Paul Ekman, clinical psychologist who is an expert lie detector, our facial expressions for emotion are innate, universal and nearly impossible to conceal. When we’re lying about emotion, pretending to be happy when we’re sad, for example-microexpressions can flash across our faces before we can get a hold of them. These involuntary […]

What If Your Phone Could Tell You When Someone Is Looking At It While You Use It

You have a smartphone, that’s almost given. You use that smartphone of yours for all kinds of business. In that pocket computer of yours are stored some of the deepest secrets, both business and personal. You would like to make sure no unauthorised eyes ever get to see some of that information, wouldn’t you? The […]

Should potential job losses from automation and artificial intelligence worry you?

As technology advances, the mixed feelings are getting real. The excitement of progress and man’s self-satisfaction is coming at the expense of things like “ethics” and jobs. I’ve been following some conversation on this matter, but because ethics have become extremely subjective, let me talk about jobs briefly instead. We’ll talk about issues revolving around […]

Online dating in a world that has chat bots that really sound like humans

This is a different world from that lived by our grandparents or our parents in their childhood either. People no longer expect to only meet their soul mates at church or such and definitely not at the well. There are now several places to ‘hook up’ or to meet and build strong relationships. These places […]

Instagram takes a more ‘intelligent’ step in trying to combat the use of offensive language on its platform

Image credit: Pixabay In this internet age, thanks to social media (well, and other platforms), people have somehow gained the confidence to exercise their right to ‘freedom of speech’. I could be wrong though because people might have always exercised that right, only that now the internet has made it easier for us to access […]

AI now being used to make social media safer and friendlier

The battle against Internet troll, bullies and cyber terrorists has turned in favor of social media applications as they start using artificial intelligence to make the Internet safer and friendlier for all ages. Recently, Instagram announced that their comments sections are now being monitored and maintained by AI. Some people say that the feature had […]

This Zimbabwean has built a self-driving car in the UK. And it will be on the streets in 6 months

A Zimbabwean entrepreneur based in the UK, Pasi William Sachiti, has built a self-driving delivery car which he says will be ready for the streets in just 6 months from now. The car, aptly called Kar-Go, uses artificial intelligence to drive itself around delivering packages to homes and can deliver up to a dozen of […]

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning – Why should you care?

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. In the tech space, these terms have been used a lot and sometimes interchangeably without understanding what they mean. So what is all the fuss about? Before we get to why you should care, let us first clear up the confusion of what each is all about and […]

PRESS RELEASE: African tech startup creates robot that automatically wrote AFCON stories…

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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.

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.