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the first human beings probably evolved out of africa around ethiopia 160000-200000 year ago -welcome to our roots

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

ghana ashesi - africa indaba

dear ashesi friends 

just relaying this event looks quite interesting     agenda  
i dont have any inside track but they may still be looking for keynote speakers
chatham house is listed as part of the osun coalition Open Society University Network

i also wanted to ask if you know the google scholar shakir mohamed who coordinates indaba out of  africa- brilliant way of making artificial intel serve future of africa 

Shakir Mohamed* · Marie-Therese Png* · William Isaac* Abstract This paper explores the important role of critical science, and in particular of post-colonial and decolonial theories, in understanding and shaping the ongoing advances in artificial intelligence. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is viewed as amongst the technological advances that will reshape modern societies and their relations. Whilst the design and deployment of systems that continually adapt holds the promise of far-reaching positive change, they simultaneously pose significant risks, especially to already vulnerable peoples. Values and power are central to this discussion. Decolonial theories use historical hindsight to explain patterns of power that shape our intellectual, political, economic, and social world. By embedding a decolonial critical approach within its technical practice, AI communities can develop foresight and tactics that can better align research and technology development with established ethical principles, centring vulnerable peoples who continue to bear the brunt of negative impacts of innovation and scientific progress. We highlight problematic applications that are instances of coloniality, and using a decolonial lens, submit three tactics that can form a decolonial field of artificial intelligence: creating a critical technical practice of AI, seeking reverse tutelage and reverse pedagogies, and the renewal of affective and political communities. The years ahead will usher in a wave of new scientific breakthroughs and technologies driven by AI research, making it incumbent upon AI communities to strengthen the social contract through ethical foresight and the multiplicity of intellectual perspectives available to us; ultimately supporting future technologies that enable greater well-being, with the goal of beneficence and justice for all. Keywords decolonisation · coloniality · sociotechnical foresight · intercultural ethics · critical technical practice · artificial intelligence · affective community Shakir Mohamed DeepMind, London E-mail: shakir@deepmind.com Marie-Therese Png University of Oxford E-mail: marie-therese.png@oii.ox.ac.uk William Isaac DeepMind, London E-mail: williamis@deepmind.com 

cheers chris macrae

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HE Dr Anže Logar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia

HE Professor Victor Harison, Commissioner for Economic Affairs, African Union Commission

Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, European Commission

Dorothy Ng’ambi Tembo, Deputy Executive Director, International Trade Centre

Astrid Schomaker, Director for Global Sustainable Development, European Commission Directorate General for Environment

Oureratou Ouedraogo, Deputy Executive Coordinator, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC)

Matjaž Šinkovec, Ambassador and National Coordinator for Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia

Alice Munyua, Public Policy Adviser, Mozilla

Dr. Sonja Kreibich, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Division, Federal Foreign Office, Germany

Luís Leandro da Silva, Director, Department for Sub-Saharan Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Portugal

Ernest Boakai, Key Account Manager, Security Printing Solutions, CETIS Liberia

Roman Žnidarič, Executive Director for Security Printing Solutions, CETIS, Slovenia

Dušan Olaj, CEO, Duol, Slovenia


Ambassador Igor Jukič, Head, Department for Bilateral Economic Cooperation II, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia

Elizabeth Donnelly, Deputy Director and Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Natalia Al Mansour, Head, Department for Africa and the Middle East, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia

Bob Dewar CMG, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

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Lecturers and professors from Ashesi University and ETH will teach in tandem, while helping Ashesi build capacity and set up its first Master’s degree program. At the same time, ETH will be learning about the everyday life and needs of students from across Africa. Read More.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

 most banking for the poor is banking for small agriculture- does farm publish which countries it has connections with and what sort of associations it connects with- i ask because i agree big data for small farmers has had many ups and downs - eg the foundation arm of intel thought it was doing this - but didnt accomplish what it hoped;  i have reasons for expecting tanzania may be right time right place for your work- i am much more confused by monitoring kenya or ethiopia for the last 10 years chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

 i am still trying to understand where the collaboration happens among the 30 universities of osun/soros- where ashesi s the only african member

there seems to be feedback from about 4 of the universities leadership teams that wanted to play radical roles
1 covid has attacked both the safety of their members and in some cases their business model
2 the hoped for real meetings where trust is needed to share curricula or understand each organisation's own sustainability crisis hasnt happened- in particular vienna was very big for soros he was trying to move his 31 year university there because politics in his city of birth budapest turned very hostile to his global solidarite after the refugee problem embroiled hungary- top people at european union have been so careless and indeed hateful to soros
3 in spite of all the investment and economist reputations of soros boards there isnt one expert helping with all the challenges of 30 universities coming together
4 for all these reasons what models you already have on collaboration would be useful to understand - the vice chancellor of arizona state seems to be the practice leader of we need to be accelerating collaboration change not the opposite
5 complicating things is external diaries - vincent chang at brac university had hoped to twin with ban ki moons diaries on climate and citizenship- these had been tuned to cop26 glasgow which has been postponed for a year
6 my analysis of whats going on at un is that at least 10 movements are prepping the way to change america if the election changes leadership- what the plan b is i dont know-there are so many digital solution tipping points- 2021 will be the most dangerous i have lived through if trump returns- and its even money he will- in my view guterres is telling his most transformative digital movements stay silent until we see what happends to usa at end of 2020- i assumne the president of ghana as co-chair of sdgs eminents is in guterres inner loor-?
7 in 2015 the blum center at berkeley was very edgy on all sorts of things that mattered to me from bangladesh to latino movements both inside usa and tp latin america- blum is an old time billionnaire and has the ethical gravitas of albright- what i dont know is if eg he has kamala harris ear- we have a desperate problem none of india-americans, carribean americans , black americans local or diaspore let alone latino or chinese have the same most urgent agendas- and i am not going to assume kamala knows what any of these peoples most need at community levels unless the briefs are delivered to her office by someone she listens to and prepped by real movements - does yours represent all african diaspora or just ghana- although wise has done 7 days of summits and is launching 40 voices on transforming education- there has been little from africa and what there has been has not united -tell me if you want me to seng a longer summary of what wise has done this year and aims to do next

8 yesterday there was a great itu presentation hosted by un itu geneva led by from microsoft seatlle ai earth - are you already connected with that ? if ashesi has a list  of which "content" collaborations at microsoft or itu or other tech hubs you expect students to scale it would help to see those

AI for Earth is a part of the AI for Good Series.

The future will see large parts of our lives influenced by Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. Machines can execute repetitive tasks with complete precision, and with recent advances in AI, machines are gaining the ability to learn, improve and make calculated decisions in ways that will enable them to perform tasks previously thought to rely on human experience, creativity, and ingenuity.

We have less than 10 years to solve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). AI holds great promise by capitalizing on the unprecedented quantities of data now being generated on sentiment behaviour, human health, commerce, communications, migration and more.

The AI for Good series is the leading action-oriented, global & inclusive United Nations platform on AI. The Summit is organized every year in Geneva by the ITU with XPRIZE Foundation in partnership with over 35 sister United Nations agencies, Switzerland and ACM. The goal is to identify practical applications of AI and scale those solutions for global impact.
9 there was also a great digital finance brief the peoples money which has integrated with 3 years of digital cooperation movements led by guterres and advised by eg melinda gates, jack ma and on this latest panel the ceo of ant finance- apparently zimbabwe has successfully launched a sme stockmarket- the director of central bank of kenya says he will apply the un's best advice to digital money for communities- dounlechecking how these go forward -is that somehing ashesi will do?

Saturday, August 22, 2020


from discussion at untad summer school with soros youth scholars
is it possible for developing countries government to define "data is a national property" to impose laws to control big tech corporations?

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9:24 AM
Yes! Rwanda has done it. India is in process. Barcelona is another model. People are starting to wake up.