Everything is being disrupted by emerging technologies. These technologies are being developed by humans to collect and create jobs for humans. This is a double edge sword for the humanity, according to experts. Artificial intelligence, which is usually referred to machine intelligence is an intelligence displayed by machines in dissonance to the natural intelligence displayed humans and animals.
As noted earlier, RAIN when it is highly adopted in developing countries as it being used in some advanced countries will be replacing jobs in the future. Robotics and artificial intelligence will permeate wide segments of daily life by 2025. Among the experts, expectation is that RAIN will significantly collect jobs from workers working in industries such as agriculture, construction, health, and manufacturing.
The demand for workers who understand the nitty-gritty of developing robotics and machine learning products will rise. Already, we have seen how Zenvus, one of the AI driven products from Nigerian inventor, Professor Ndubuisi Ekekwe, is encouraging African farmers to embrace smart farming practice. Zenvus monitors farms with electronic sensors communicated via GSM, WIFI or Satellites to cloud servers.
In our experience, we have learnt that interest in learning RAIN is growing across cities and towns with required infrastructure and learning environment. Abuja, Port-Harcourt and Ibadan are coming up, joining Lagos, which has been the centre of information technology for years. We have also discovered that RAIN has a future in emerging cities such as Ibadan, where Robotics and Artificial Intelligence [RAIN] centre is located. A recent visit to the centre by our analyst indicates that it has what it takes to produce competent robotics engineers and artificial intelligence experts for Nigeria, especially Ibadan.
While launching national centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics learning in Abuja, Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, said: “Artificial Intelligence is the refinery of the digital economy and Robotics is very useful in supporting companies as they carry out repetitive tasks. These are two very important emerging technologies that will shape the face of future technologies and we have decided to be proactive to enable us to play a key role in how these technologies evolve.
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution, fuelled by Big Data, propelled by robust computing capacity, advanced software and Artificial Intelligence is ushering new ways of living, well-being, learning, travelling and working. Its innovative use-cases are quickly changing lives for the better and creating new types of jobs.’’