Young entrepreneurs get a chance in Bamako’s Tech Friday
29 January 2020 | 6:45 am
They're young, they have ideas .. and they want to make a difference in their country. Once a month, startup founders in Mali's capital Bamako face off at the "Tech Friday" event.
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Mali's relations with the West have deteriorated sharply since a 2020 military coup in the country. The junta has rallied behind Russia and brought in the paramilitary Wagner Group to meet its security needs.
A number of companies working with artificial intelligence technology have agreed to a voluntary measure to mark AI content. The system would include images as well as text, video and audio.
A one-day summit by West African leaders from Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and the Niger Republic ended in a stalemate after the leaders met with Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Muslim Cleric Mahmoud Dicko.
Neighboring Burkina Faso and Mali, which are also both run by military juntas, strongly rebuked regional bloc ECOWAS for weighing the option of using force to reinstate deposed President Mohamed Bazoum.
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Americans will be restricted from investing in China's semiconductor and artificial intelligence industries. The White House cited national security, but it comes amid a push to revive domestic high-tech manufacturing.
Mali's junta demanded in June that the MINUSMA force withdraw from the West African country after a decade-long deployment. The mission was created to quell separatist and Islamist insurgencies in northern Mali.
Tokyo has signed agreements with a number of African countries as competition with China for key raw materials and minerals heats up.
The pact allows Mali and Burkina Faso to provide military assistance to Niger in the event of military intervention against the putschists there.
Several Chinese companies have now made AI chatbots publicly available, with Baidu first off the blocks with its ERNIE. But the bots will be subject to extreme censorship on certain topics.
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