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Machine learning: Kenya not ready for new technology - 1 months ago, 22 Mar 00:13

Frankline Sunday

Kenya is ill-prepared for disruption anticipated with the adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

This was the underlying message yesterday at the ongoing summit on artificial intelligence and machine learning in Nairobi.

Hundreds of delegates from across the world are meeting to explore current and future applications of the technology.

One of the key attractions at the forum is Furhat, a ‘social robot’, which is capable of conducting conversations with humans. The robot takes the shape of a human bust and is able to detect and mimic common facial expressions such as smiling and frowning.

“This can be used as a physical digital assistant where unlike Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa you are able to interact with it in a more physical form,’ explained Preben Wik, co-founder of Furhat Robotics, the company that manufactures the robot.

Wik, however, said mass deployment of the technology is still further into ...
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