Digital Africa Conference And Exhibition 2019: Preparing Africa For The Age Of Abundance
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By Rommy IMAH
It is a common saying that there is water everywhere but there is no water to drink. Truth be told, in reality, especially in Africa, there is an abundance of water everywhere but clean water is inaccessible. And this is a challenge experts believe can only be solved with technology applications.
Early 2017, figures from The Water Project, a non-profit organization bringing clean water to communities across the world, showed that 783 million people, or one in nine of the global population, do not have access to safe and clean drinking water.
But recently, eWater, a company that uses mobile technology for sustainable water maintenance, said it has discovered that IoT can have a major impact on the provision of clean water in countries that desperately need it.
In the Gambia for instance, eWater is providing clean water to villagers with the use of Smartphones.
The world is fast approaching that day when the other person could read another’s mind. Neuroscientists have been finding ways to read people’s minds with machines, and although this has been in the works for decades, real progress is being made by researchers at some universities in the US.
It is even being pushed strongly now that science and machines could soon have access to our innermost thoughts, which implies that neurohacking into people's thoughts have also been studied in relation to neuromarketing, which targets people's brains by manipulating their wants and desires through marketing and advertising.
Now, imagine a situation where just by wearing a t-shirt in form of a technology tool, heartbeats are measured, uploaded to the Cloud via Bluetooth, and algorithms process them to accurately detect the irregular heartbeats.
Imagine also, converting wastes from the coffee industry into biofuels for heating buildings and powering transportation or disrupting the air surrounding a fire and quenching it eventually by the pressure waves of sound. These are some of the things going to be prevalent in the Age of Abundance driven by technology.
It is always difficult to understand change however, it is essential if you want to be able to adapt to an ever more complex world because it has become a world made of exponential technologies, created by the people who are capable of leveraging them.
Digital technologies are today changing production, trade and commerce, energy and transportation, health, finance, security, even politics and policy making. It is a profound transformation that is going to keep changing the shape of society. It is not a single step, but a process that doesn't seem to have an end.
With the Fourth Industrial Revolution making a speedy entry into the globe via exponential technologies such as Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data & Analytics, Machine Learning, Augmented Reality (AR), Blockchain technology, etc, the global economy is now at the mercy of these disruptive technologies.
As technology is changing every part of human life – jobs, relationships, economies, industries and entire regions, it has been argued that Africa's greatest resource is its people and they alone can determine the direction for Africa’s digital revolution.
Africa is in dire need of clean water, nutritious food, affordable housing, personalized education, top-tier medical care and non-polluting, ubiquitous energy. The time has come to position Africa for Abundance through exponential change. With the proper combination of technology, people and capital, Africa can meet any challenge facing her.
Beginning Tuesday, June 25 through June 27, 2019, at Baze University, Abuja, Nigeria’s political capital, there is a unique opportunity to get really deep in the analysis of these trends, to explore what the future is made of. ICT experts drawn from across the globe will be converging on Abuja to expand the narratives on how best to position the continent of Africa for the imminent Age of Abundance.
This year’s Digital Africa Conference & Exhibition has as its theme: “Africa Tech Renaissance: Preparing Africa for the Age of Abundance,” and promises to capture the salient issues and the way forward to getting prepared and subsequently enjoying the Age of Abundance in Africa.
Digital Africa Conference and Exhibition 2019 is going to cover such areas as Age of Abundance, Connectivity, The Intelligence of Things (The new IOT), Smart Living, Smart Industries, Artificial Intelligence, Tech Research and Investment, and many more areas, in a three-day event that is going to shape your understanding of how you can thrive in the future.
An Age of Abundance? Yes, it is coming, in fact, almost here with us. It is being fuelled by the exponential technologies. With the right type of decisions and actions by citizens, we can ensure that each of the countries in Africa will benefit from this new age of abundance.
But in getting ready for the Age of Abundance, Africa should avoid sitting idle and letting the train of the new industrial revolution pass her by. And to ensure this happens, African governments must take this challenge very seriously and do something with a great sense of urgency.
However, regardless of what the government does or does not do, the challenge is on us all, especially the youth to ensure that this new train of development does not pass us by. We have to arm ourselves with knowledge, start research and projects in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other exponential technologies, even if it is from our bedrooms or garages.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be the key driving force behind the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with the global economic returns of the revolution expected to be in the region of US$16 trillion. Along with these returns, AI is also expected to create 2.3 million new jobs by 2020, going by Gartner’s prediction.
We must not miss this opportunity. If we don’t, especially if our children do not, they won’t be economic active members of society. Therefore, for the sake of our economic well-being at least, let’s do something as well as embrace these new technologies.
Africa’s time of abundance will bring about stable power supply, smart roads, good and affordable healthcare, affordable housing, clean water, stable economy, security, a peaceful environment and love for one another. The power is in our hands, we can make the difference. We can all join hands and position Africa for Abundance.