Herewith the latest content from the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa community. All community members are invited to submit blogs to help further our mission with respect to establishing an innovative community for Machine Intelligence & Data Science research and practical applications to help solve African problems and drive long-term inclusive and sustained scientific, technological, and socio-economic development on the continent.
In follow-up to my previous post on Artificial Intelligence in the Smart Technology Era and this technology being at the center of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa(MIIA) partner activities with Silicon Cape, Barclays' Rise Africa, and Cenfri's Insights2Impact, we have some further exciting developments and upcoming activities in the areas of Finance, Education, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Agriculture that I would like to share with this post. In addition to ongoing collaboration with the above-mentioned partners, MIIA has also started to collaborate with Stellenbosch University's Innovus and LaunchLab who has introduced us to some promising spin-out and external companies that they host - more about this in the Eduction and Agriculture sections below. Some of MIIA's upcoming activities this and next week include a presentation to Stellenbosch University's Division for Institutional Research and Planning about AI / Machine Intelligence / Smart Technology and its applications in Education, a Rise Cape Town event "Rise to the Challenge: Big Data, AI, and Machine Learning" (on 20 September 2016), and a strategy and planning session in collaboration with the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CITI) around economic development policy for the Western Cape Government with a focus on the digital economy. MIIA's partner Insights2Impact also has a live stream event on 14 September 2016 which covers the increasing adoption by the private sector of alternative data sources and analytical methodologies for financial inclusion.