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Chatbot Africa and Conversational AI Summit to Empower African Innovators in AI Technology

Anthony August 3, 2023

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Africa Tech Radio’s “Back to Base” show featured an enlightening conversation with Sydney Inyagwa Madu, the Founder and CEO of Chatbot Africa, shedding light on the burgeoning world of conversational AI in Africa. The discussion explored the rapid growth of chatbot technology, its historical evolution, and the vast potential it holds for the continent.

Conversational AI, powered by Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer (Chat GPT), has rapidly transformed into a game-changing technology since its launch by OpenAI in 2022. While chatbots have been around since the 1960s, they were limited in functionality and lacked the deep understanding required to cater to complex tasks.

However, advancements in computing power and software have propelled conversational AI to new heights, making it more human-like and versatile.

The show delved into the fascinating journey of Sydney Inyagwa Madu, who transitioned from a legal engineer to a conversational AI professional.

The conversation highlighted the market potential for conversational AI in Africa, emphasizing its relevance in various industries, including financial services, e-commerce, education, and insurance. The continent’s mobile-first approach emerged as a significant driver for AI adoption, as mobile devices offer a convenient platform for interacting with chatbots and virtual assistants.

The upcoming Chatbot Africa and Conversational AI Summit, scheduled for August 30, 2023, in Hilton Sandton, South Africa, promises to be a game-changer in the African tech landscape. Aimed at industry executives, AI professionals, and conversational design enthusiasts, the summit seeks to explore the human-centric and ethical aspects of AI technology in Africa.

The summit will feature a comprehensive agenda, with discussions on how to design AI solutions that prioritize human needs, promote transparency, and avoid biases. Experts and innovators from various sectors will share their experiences, best practices, and insights into the future of conversational AI in Africa.

The event organizers have thoughtfully planned a hybrid approach, combining in-person attendance with online streaming, ensuring accessibility for a wider audience across the continent.

Navigating the Conversational AI Landscape in Africa
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