Uneven AI landscape presents regulatory , geopolitical challenges and risk to humanity.

By Andile Ngcaba,
Chairman for Convergence Partners

We are living through a pandemic that has negatively impacted the global economy. In a short space of time, COVID-19 has altered the global operating models and society is having to adjust in order to survive.

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Tackling COVID-19 through AI and addressing fears that come with the technology.

By Tshilidzi Marwala,
professor and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg. Marwala deputises President Cyril Ramaphosa on the South African Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Not long ago, I asked one of my doctoral students a pertinent question about the validity of models developed by the vociferous personalities in the artificial intelligence (AI) community in South Africa as we battle the coronavirus pandemic. AI is based on machines that are able to learn and make their own decision. This can be a useful tool in predicting complex situations, such as the trajectory of coronavirus, the impact on business, as well as any possible societal repercussions. Yet, it seems as though the models developed, which are incredibly diverse in their findings, have been wholly inaccurate.

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Responsible AI:
A framework for building trust.

By Vukani Mngxati, CEO – ACCENTURE AFRICA

Artificial intelligence (AI) is maturing rapidly as an incredibly powerful technology with seemingly limitless application. It has demonstrated its ability to automate routine tasks – such as our daily commute – while also augmenting human capacity with new insight. Combining human creativity and ingenuity with the scalability of machine learning is advancing our knowledge base and understanding at a remarkable pace. However, with great power comes great responsibility.

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SA needs a digital regulator to keep up with the fast-changing exponential growth of technology

By Andile Ngcaba,
Chairman for Convergence Partners

The President of the Republic-South Africa established the Fourth Industrial Revolution Commission to advise the government on moving towards a digitally transformed society and future. Like many countries around the world, South Africa awoke to find itself catapulted into a digital reality of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that only seven months ago seemed to be on the distant horizon. The global catastrophe of the novel coronavirus pandemic has without warning plunged the world into the deep end of a public health, economic and social pandemonium with no option but to leverage digital innovations.

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