The SAAIA, a South African organization whose main objective is to further the progress of the AI field, has been created.
The founder, Dr. Nick Bradshaw, highlighted the consequences of how AI and its associated automation technologies have influenced 120+ jobs around the world.
This alliance is planned to bring sectors together, for instance, the government, entrepreneurs, academic institutions, commercial entities, and non-governmental organizations.
According to Dr Bradshaw, this disruption is developing faster than in the past industrial revolutions.
SAAIA aims to motivate those involved in South Africa to effectively use AI for a positive impact on the population and economy.
In this effort, they emphasize the importance of topics like law, financial growth, commerce, investments, justice, impartiality and inclusion.
This launch of the association comes at a time when Artificial Intelligence advancements such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT are becoming more and more prominent.
SAAIA has a goal of encouraging South African stakeholders to adapt and implement Artificial Intelligence with thoughtfulness and prudence, for the benefit of its citizens and overall financial stability.
Priority areas include developing regulations, strengthening economic and trade expansion, creating investment opportunities, reinforcing fairness and inclusiveness, and exploring the potential of AI.
This eventuates as AI technologies, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT, increase in popularity in the country.
The South African Communications Ministry has teamed up with higher education institutions to launch two Artificial Intelligence (AI) facilities situated at the University of Tshwane and the University of Johannesburg.
This undertaking follows the guidelines of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, wherein it promotes knowledge production, research, innovation, and introduction of AI uses.
Meanwhile, the South African Information Regulator is presently looking into how to effectively regulate AI technologies while maintaining adherence to data privacy laws.
SAAIA aims to achieve its mission by offering analysis and research to help people make decisions, helping governments design policies, improving the economy by linking purchasers and merchants, providing funding possibilities for SMMEs, and promoting South African Artificial Intelligence (AI) advancement and research.
Dataconomy, a technology news website located in Berlin, reports that the concept of laws and regulations concerning artificial intelligence is still quite new in the majority of countries, and the existing laws are not widely accepted or comprehensive.