Philanthropist Melinda Gates will visit Kenya to launch an initiative that promotes use of new technologies such as artificial intelligence to reduce poverty. In recent years, researchers have been harnessing AI’s data-mining ability to help solve problems that could not be solved before. The new initiative is called Pathways for Prosperity: A new Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development.
“The commission aims to spark new thinking on how developing countries can best harness new technologies – including robotics, Artificial Intelligence, 3D printing, nanotechnology and blockchain – for inclusive growth and effective government,” said a statement shared with the media.
Melinda will hold a discussion with the commission’s two other co-chairs – Sri Mulyani Indrawati who is Indonesia’s finance minister and Strive Masiyiwa, a Zimbabwean billionaire philanthropist and founder of Econet. The new commission will find what technology can do for jobs and economic opportunities in developing countries.