Accra — An artificial intelligence (AI) research laboratory opened by Google in Ghana, the first of its kind in Africa, will take on challenges across the continent, researchers say. The US technology company says the lab in the capital Accra will address economic, political and environmental issues. “Africa has many challenges where the use of AI could be beneficial, sometimes even more than in other places,” Google's head of AI Accra, Moustapha Cisse, said at the centre’s official opening last week. Similar research centres have already opened in cities around the world including Tokyo, Zurich, New York and Paris. The new lab, Cisse said, would use AI to develop solutions in health care, education and agriculture — such as helping to diagnose certain types of crop disease. Cisse, an expert from Senegal, said he hoped specialist engineers and AI researchers would collaborate with local organisations and policymakers. Google is working with universities and start-ups in Ghana, Niger...

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