Africa set to Embrace Industry 4.0 as Google Opens Artificial Intelligence Center in Accra Ghana

Internet of things
Internet of things

The world is set for the fourth industrial revolution, otherwise known as industry 4.0. The fourth industrial revolution is defined by automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It is characterised by cyber-physical systems, Internet of a Thing (IoT), cloud and cognitive computing. It is the robust transformation of world industry for truly productive future. The connected intelligence factories of the future mean a new generation of industries. It is a move to digitalisation when sensors with the ability to collect data can be used by manufacturers and producers. That means advancement in big data and powerful analytic whereby systems can search thoroughly the huge set of data to give insights that would usher quick response. Machines would use self-optimization, self-configuration and Artificial Intelligence to complete tasks in order to deliver better quality goods or services.  Compusaga snooped to get the mesmerisation in a simple language and brings home the point: You will have home devices or appliances that sense and collect data and send it to the internet, and the data would be accessed by other devices too to give solution to real life problems and demands. Such example in recent time was that a rural farmer in Tanzania, Africa, hovers a wilting cassava plant with her phone. Just a few seconds and she got a diagnosis of a disease affecting her plant and how best to manage it for increased production.

Google is magnanimous in open-source code publishing so that everyone can tap into their research benefits for technological advancement. The AI centre in Ghana will host engineers and researchers to work on AI dedicated projects. It is not just a centre in Africa, Google is set to register its presence in Africa and the offices would be scattered across the continent. In addition, digital training skills would assist about 10 million Africans. Campusaga gathered that Google estimated 35 per cent of Africans to have access to the web, compared to 48 per cent in Asia, 67 in Latin America, 85 in Europe and 95 in North America. Google regretted that many internet users in Africa don’t have Wi-Fi in their homes; they rely on public WiFi hotspots to access the web for education and socializing. Google is set to increase and stabilise network in Africa with the Google Station project. Campusaga also gathered that Google is working on adapting internet technologies for low-RAM smartphones and unstable network connections, and one method of achieving this aim is through TensorFlow.

TensorFlow is an open source machine learning library, that allows companies, researchers and developers create AI-powered apps that help communities and people to overcome problems. Developers can use the library to build AI-powered apps and software that deal with real challenges.

One well-publicized use of Tensoflow is the experience of the Tanzanian woman. With these set objectives by Google for Africa, she shall surely be ready to embrace industry 4.0, a trending reality.  When the security systems, thermostats, cars, electronic appliances, lights in household and commercial environments, alarm clocks, speaker systems, vending machines become smart and gives the owners what they desire even before they ask,  it would be an interesting world, and surely Africa wouldn’t be left out.