Published On: Tue, Dec 19th, 2017

HOW NIGERIA,OTHERS ,WILL BENEFIT FROM MICROSOFT’S $50M FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

Following the commitment of search giant, Microsoft, to commit $50million to the fight against climate change, benefits accruable to Nigeria, and other parts of Africa will include the protection of lives and creation of new jobs.

Giving more insight into what Nigeria and indeed Africa stand to benefit from the announcement, the Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Nigeria, Hakeem Adeniji-Adele, in a chat with The Guardian, said the American technology company sees artificial intelligence (AI) powering the next major transformation in this region.

This, he said, will cause a lot of changes and social good, adding that the announcement centred on how AI and cloud technology can be developed to solve some of the most pressing challenges of the present time, “especially as we face urgent challenges affecting our natural world. These challenges will only exacerbate existing issues, from conflict to income inequality to global economic threats. So applying AI to these issues could actually help protect existing livelihoods, or create new jobs.”

Accordingly, he said Microsoft believed that AI technology has the power to amplify human ingenuity, and extend their capabilities. Adeniji-Adele said when made accessible to everyone, AI will transform industries, make us more productive, and help solve society’s biggest challenges, including those related to climate.

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