Already established on 3 continents, Google’s artificial intelligence research is now deployed in Africa: the American company announces the opening of a research center in Ghana.
“The science of artificial intelligence has no borders, it is also valid for its progress,” launched Google in December, announcing its first Chinese research center dedicated to artificial intelligence. Today, the web giant could certainly repeat the same thing with the forthcoming opening of a laboratory in Ghana, which will also work on AI.
Google, said it wants to bring together “the best researchers and machine learning engineers in this new center dedicated to research on AI and its applications,” promises to “collaborate with local universities and research centers, as well as working with policymakers on the potential uses of AI in Africa “, in their blog post.
It is the first artificial intelligence center that Google launches in Africa. The company already has several centers around the world, in the United States and Canada, but also in Israel, the United Kingdom, Japan, Switzerland, and France. The Ghana center will be located in Accra, the capital of the country, and its opening is planned by the end of the year, specify the authors of the announcement.
According to Google, the lab’s mission will include working on issues related to health, education, and agriculture. In the latter area, Google is interested in the role that AI can play in agricultural production, according to Fortune magazine. As for health, the group’s British subsidiary, DeepMind, is using this field of research to improve the detection and treatment of eye diseases.