The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced Morocco as the host of a forum on artificial intelligence (AI) in Africa.The forum which will be held on 12-13 December 2018 will discuss issues and challenges of AI in the continent.
“This forum will finally address these issues by ensuring that the potential of artificial intelligence as a lever for development is promoted and maximized,” said UNESCO, noting that “about 150 participants” are expected in this event jointly organized with the University Mohamed VI Polytechnic (UM6P).
The forum will feature plenary sessions and two-day thematic workshops.
Parallel events will be organized in the form of round tables.
An exhibition space, in which UNESCO will hold the main stand, will also be dedicated to exhibitors wishing to present their work in the field of artificial intelligence.
UNESCO’s expected results from this forum are, namely the promotion of artificial intelligence in Africa as a lever for development, the facilitation of African regional cooperation and the promotion of an ethical framework.
The event also aims at the establishment of an Africa Forum of Artificial Intelligence Associations.
“Today, the question of AI is given little importance in Africa. It is rather restrained in a North-South relationship. A continent-wide debate on the rise of AI in Africa will contribute to its emergence,” UNESCO said.