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Africa in the Face of the AI Wave and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Leapfrog Opportunities, Developmental Backlogs, and Impediments

Africa in the Face of the AI Wave and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Leapfrog Opportunities, Developmental Backlogs, and Impediments
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Author(s): Cyril Chibuzo Ezeani (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 16
Source title: Handbook of Research on Connecting Philosophy, Media, and Development in Developing Countries
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Desmond Onyemechi Okocha (Bingham University, Nigeria), Melchizedec J. Onobe (Bingham University, Nigeria) and Mirian Ngozi Alike (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-4107-7.ch019

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Abstract

The major concern of the chapter is with the prospects of AI and the generality of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the light of Africa's development and with Africa's readiness to embrace the new technology. Using the method of hermeneutics, the work discovers that efforts made in some African countries to embrace the opportunities offered by the new revolution notwithstanding, Africa seems to be at the lower rung of the new technological ladder. The chapter discusses the impeding factors and more while proffering a way out in order to catch into the opportunities created by artificial intelligence. The chapter further recognizes that AI within the context of contemporary African situation presents a dilemma given the teeming unemployed demography. Without taking light of this dilemma, the chapter tends to view AI emergence in terms of what has been described as a critical juncture, and an adequate response would ultimately lead to increased prosperity.

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