UJ Institute for the Future of Knowledge

Battling Covid-19 with Artificial Intelligence: What Will Work in Africa?

Co-authored by Abejide Ade-Ibijola

Can AI really help?

Many researchers and industry experts working in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) have claimed that AI holds the answers by humankind. We form part of this group, and with the coming of Covid-19 – a pandemic which is raging through the world and has so far claimed over 300,00 lives – we argue that now is the time to combine human ingenuity with the capability of machines to support a world in crisis. It has been predicted that Covid-19 will result in a high death toll in Africa, as has been the case on other continents. Vaccines and/or a cure will take more than a year to be realised, hence the question: can we turn to technology, specifically AI, for a solution?


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