Artificial intelligence needs assessment survey in Africa

04 February 2021, International

Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications continue to expand opportunities for progress of humankind and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. UNESCO is work-ing to harness these opportunities in its fields of competence and has also been leading reflections around pressing concerns related to the rapid development of AI, from a Human Rights and ethics perspective. These range from AI’s role in the future of education to the omnipresent challenges of disinformation and hate speech online.

In this context, UNESCO publishes the results of a survey intended to establish the priori-ties and capacity building needs of African countries with respect to AI. The potential bene-fits and risks of the technology are not equally distributed across regions of the world.