May 29, 2024

Rwanda needs more than 84 billion Frw to implement the technology policy of artificial intelligence


In the next five years, Rwanda will need to invest a budget of $76.5 million, which is more than 84 billion Frw, in the development of the policy of artificial intelligence that was recently approved by the Cabinet.

The National Artificial Intelligence Policy was approved on April 20, 2023, in the Cabinet meeting in Village Urugwiro led by President Paul Kagame.

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At the moment, it is about $1.2 million, that is, more than 1.3 billion Frw has already been obtained and it is planned that it will be included in the work aimed at developing the country by improving the level of health, economy, and making Rwanda an international center for innovation with the help of artificiel intelligence.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the process of creating programs that are put into a computer so that it has the ability to think and come up with solutions like a human or even better.

 Currently, artificial intelligence technology is being used in so many different tasks that scientists say that in 2035 computers will be as intelligent as humans and will be able to think, learn and predict the future without being fooled.

A report released by Stanford University shows that investment in this type of investment has increased from $79.6 billion to $276.1 billion in 2021, with the participation of various companies.

Rwanda expects that in the next five years, the combined investment of various companies in this field will reach $589 million. 

The Director General of the Institute of Technology and Development of Artificial Intelligence, C4IR Rwanda, Cyizere Joris said that this collaborative intelligence is in line with what the country is prioritizing and dealing with the basic challenges it faces in various tasks.

The director pointed out that some of them are related to access to medical services, the causes of chronic diseases that continue to increase, and the small number of workers in the field of medicine, which this technology will help to deal with.

He pointed out that Rwanda’s collaboration with the Babyl Center for Medical Technology has launched a method of examining patients using artificial intelligence, which continues to produce results, and indicated that if such a method were to be strengthened in the health sector, these problems would be solved.

To date, the center has treated more than 2.6 million registered patients through the technology, and more than 4,400 patients per day are diagnosed through the technology.

It is hoped that “Incorporating artificial intelligence-based technology into medicine would improve the quality of medical services provided to citizens throughout the country and make them more accessible.”

 Babyl’s technology helps nurses to provide better and faster services by responding to patient questions over the phone.

He said, “Machines help nurses ask patients the right questions, collect accurate information about the patient’s symptoms, and make informed decisions about the disease. If he needs further care, the information collected during the examination is immediately sent to the doctor, saving the time of the nurse and the patient at the same time.”

After the doctor examines the patient, he can prescribe medication or send him to a nearby health center. 

A Goldman Investment Bank report shows that artificial intelligence could replace 300 million permanent workers, including 46% of government jobs and 44% of legal professions but only 6% of construction and 4% of infrastructure maintenance.

But it says that this can also mean new jobs and increased productivity because this technology can increase the annual value of goods and services produced in the world at a rate of 7%.

Regarding the fact that this technology can take away some jobs, the leader said that people should be prepared to work with it and be motivated to go to work that will help them use it instead of taking away their jobs

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