Google Opens First African Artificial Intelligence Facility in Ghana

When people think of Artificial Intelligence, they most likely think of scenes from science fiction movies, but in reality, it applies to everyday life from virtual assistants to language translation on Google, says John Quinn, an AI researcher.

Google now wants to position itself as an “AI first” company and with research centers across the globe in places such as Tokyo, Zurich, New York, and Paris.

And last week, the technology company opened its first center in Africa in Ghana’s capital city, Accra.

“When we do science, the results of our research, usually and hopefully, because it is of good quality, goes way further than we expect and we are hoping to see the same things happen here in Accra and across Africa,” Cisse said.

The center will also focus on enhancing Google Translates ability to capture African languages more precisely, with Cisse saying a continent with more than 2000 dialects deserves to be better served.