Two leading South African universities, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), were designated hubs for Artificial Intelligence.
People can interact with their environment and communicate with others with artificial intelligence, allowing smart devices to be utilized.
Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant are the most commonly used digital smart assistant tools. These popular tools enable users to perform various tasks with voice commands.
People with disabilities can significantly benefit from tools such as these to help them manage daily struggles.
Vice-Chancellor of the Tshwane University of Technology,
Tinyiko Maluleke says:
“It is of course a project that has been regarded as controversial by some, and somewhat art by others. When it comes to 4iR the appropriate slogan is ‘feel it, it is here’. It is in your office, your home, car, the train that you use, airplane, your wrist watch. It is in your fingers, the screen of the pupils of your eyes, it is in your brain.”
UJ and TUT have already demonstrated their commitment to AI through various initiatives, including establishing research centers and developing AI-related courses. With their newly acquired status as AI hubs, they will have access to additional resources and support from the government, allowing them to expand their research and educational offerings.
This development also presents exciting opportunities for students and researchers in South Africa and beyond, who can now look to UJ and TUT as leading institutions in AI. As the country continues to position itself as a leader in technological innovation, these hubs will undoubtedly play a crucial role in shaping the future of AI in South Africa and beyond.
Source: SABC News