As TUM’s strategic partnership initiative articulates: “No single university or country can master today’s scientific challenges on its own.” Working on a local, national, or even regional basis on these matters is no longer enough. That is why the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI) has led the way in the creation of the Responsible AI Network (RAIN)-Africa, joining forces with the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana to provide a platform for cross-regional and interdisciplinary research collaboration and build a network of scholars working on the responsible development and use of AI in Africa.
“It is important to build capacity and bring together like-minded people that can work together in pushing the agenda forward. I think this is what the Responsible AI Network Africa stands for: where we have like-minded intellectuals, like-minded people in AI, working together in various projects. We must look at the ethical use of it within the sub-region so that people are not disadvantaged.”
Prof. Jerry Kponyo
Head of the Quality Assurance and Planning Unit of the Kwame Nkrumah, University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Co-Founder of the RAIN-Africa, and member of the GAIEC
The Responsible AI Network – Africa (RAIN-Africa) was founded in February 2020. Since then, it held four online workshops, plus a kick-off event in Ghana, developed new partnerships with FAIR Forward (GIZ) and the Makerere AI Lab in Uganda, recruited ten country representatives from across Africa, launched its website, and developed its social media networking platforms. RAIN-Africa ended the year by collaborating with Montreal AI Ethics Institute to co-host an event on Perspectives on the Future of Responsible AI in Africa.
“We want to bring together emerging researchers to discuss and build joint projects on the ethical and social challenges arising at the interface of technology and human values, specifically as it relates to Africa’s sustainable development.”
Caitlin Corrigan Ph.D.
Executive Director- Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, TUM
How can AI help increase productivity and reduce losses in food production? How can we effectively integrate AI Ethics into Computer Science/Engineering programs at African Universities? How is the health sector in Africa benefiting from AI? Twenty-five speakers from 13 countries and more than 150 participants came together, shared their views and expertise and tried to answer these question. The experts also highlighted other important questions, issues and concerns that need to be addressed in order to capitalize upon the opportunities for AI-enabled tools to escalate initiatives for sustainable development on the African continent.