Watson goes to Africa

IBM_WatsonGood news this morning that IBM’s Watson is coming to Africa. The project is named Lucy, after the first human ancestor, which is a bit odd and pretentious, but the idea of bringing big data and AI to Africa to help places like Lagos leapfrog, is a very positive one.

Google is grabbing all the headlines for AI these days, with for example the acquisition of Deep Mind the other week, but Watson is a good reminder that Google is not the only one working on it.

After Google’s blimps bringing Internet to Africa, hopefully Google and IBM can engage in an African land grab, similar to what China and Japan is doing, with positive effects for people and businesses across the continent.

Picture by Clockready (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

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