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Cognitive Robotics

Cognitive Robotics Resources
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee for Cognitive Robotics Website

Robotics in Africa

There is increasing awareness of the positive impact that Industry 4.0 (aka the fourth industrial revolution) will have on developing countries. It also presents some challenges: AI provides opportunities for social and economic empowerment but also poses the significant threat of premature deindustrialization.

However, when one thinks of Africa, robotics does not spring immediately to mind as the most relevant element of AI for countries that typically have high unemployment and fast-growing populations. Nevertheless, some countries in Africa have embraced robotics and are using it to drive economic development.

Three questions arise: What role will robotics play, how can Africa best exploit the opportunities that intelligent automation and cognitive robotics have to offer, and how can Africa offset the threats posed by global factors?

The Robotics in Africa links page will give you some idea of where the answers lie. I'm working on an article to to explore this and I'll post a link to it in due course.


Here are some additional material to supplement some of the courses on my main website.


Here are some random items of interest.