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Sensitisation workshop explores future of Artificial Intelligence

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The future of artificial intelligence (AI) took a centre stage at a sensitisation workshop held at the University of Abuja on Tuesday August 29, 2023.

Organised by the Centre for Artificial Intelligence (CAI), the event gathered stakeholders, experts, and enthusiasts to discuss the evolving landscape of AI and its potential implications for various sectors.

The workshop shed light on the exciting possibilities that AI offers and explored avenues for leveraging this technology to address national challenges.

As technology advances at an unprecedented rate, the role of AI in our lives is becoming increasingly vital.

The workshop focused on how AI is poised to reshape industries, redefine work paradigms, and revolutionise societal norms. From transforming the way we perceive and interact with the world to redefining how we approach research and development, the discussions underscored AI’s transformative power.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, led the discussions, highlighting the potential for collaboration between CAI and various stakeholders.

Na’Allah emphasised the need to find alternative solutions to the challenges facing the nation’s growth.

He stated that “harnessing the power of AI could be a catalyst for progress, leading to innovative solutions that can drive the country’s development.”

One of the focal points of the workshop was the call for the indigenisation of AI for national development.

Stakeholders stressed the importance of nurturing local talent and expertise to effectively harness AI’s capabilities.

The keynote speaker, Ya’u Isa Garba, who serves as the Director of the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), delved into this topic in his presentation titled “Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence for Research and Development.”

He underscored the critical role AI plays in fostering innovation and driving growth in various sectors.

The workshop also delved into the ethical dimensions of AI technology.

Gayus Ishaku Bwala, a guest speaker from the Centre for Satellite Technology Development, Abuja, delivered a thought-provoking presentation titled “Ethics and Governance for the Use of Artificial Intelligence in Developing Society.”

His paper examined the ethical considerations surrounding the deployment of AI and the importance of responsible governance in ensuring its positive impact on society.

Overall, the sensitisation workshop on artificial intelligence provided a platform for deepening understanding and fostering collaborations in the realm of AI.

With its potential to transform industries, revolutionise work processes, and drive societal change, AI’s future holds immense promise.

As discussions continue, stakeholders and experts alike are poised to explore ways to harness the power of AI for the betterment of the nation and beyond.

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