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Jessica Calcao and Ida Nganga were the guest speakers in our RAIN-Africa workshop series on Responsible AI and Start-ups that took place virtually on 17th March 2021. The discussion was centered around how entrepreneurs can leverage AI to create successful business models in Africa. The event started with a welcome message from Prof Jerry John Kponyo (KNUST) and was Moderated by Lavina Ramkissoon.

Lavina highlighted how the pandemic has allowed us to have a faster adoption rate around digital transformation. She also talked about human responsibility in AI, which she defined as developing intellectual systems together with human principles. For instance, she posed questions such as should we put ourselves in the same instances as these intelligent beings, who is held responsible for them or should we allow them to be responsible for themselves?

Jessica outlined the limits to how much technology you can actually use in your life. She used her company Brave as an example, where she discussed how they use AI to recruit mid to C-level roles. They realised AI cannot 100% replace the human factor. So, she argued, we need to really think about how much AI to use and to what extent.

Ida discussed the importance of Ethics in technological development. She also talked about the engagement of start-up and entrepreneurs in the early development of AI frameworks, and at the same time acknowledged that the priorities of these start-up might be different. She also talked about how ethics in AI reduces inequality and may also be profitable in long run.

An exciting discussion with questions from the audience was followed. You can watch the entire event of Responsible AI and Start-Ups here.