[Column] Malik Shaffy Lizinde: Unlocking the potential of AI-from fear to excitement
AI is becoming a significant part of our lives, and there's a growing concern that it will replace human jobs, leading to unemployment.
But the truth is that AI can help us do more and make more money. AI can create new jobs that involve developing, programming, and maintaining AI systems and also provide opportunities for workers to develop new skills and take on more complex and creative work.
While AI may automate some jobs, it can also generate new ideas and inspiration in creative industries, enabling creative professionals to work more efficiently and effectively, produce higher quality work and increase their earning potential. AI-powered platforms and marketplaces can also help connect creative professionals with clients and customers, enabling them to generate new revenue streams.
In Rwanda, AI is already making a difference in people's lives. The government-owned digital services platform, Irembo, uses AI and machine learning algorithms to automate and streamline government processes, making them faster, more efficient, and more accessible to citizens. In the healthcare sector, Zipline, a drone delivery service, uses AI to optimize its delivery routes and ensure that medical supplies are delivered quickly and efficiently to remote areas of Rwanda.
In agriculture, AI-powered apps are improving farming practices, increasing yields, and providing farmers with access to credit and financial services, helping to support their livelihoods and improve their economic opportunities.
AI has the potential to transform many aspects of our lives, from improving access to government services to supporting economic growth and development in critical sectors. By embracing AI and other emerging technologies, we can position ourselves as leaders in digital innovation and reap the benefits of these advances for years to come. So, let's embrace the potential of AI and make it work for us rather than against us.
As AI becomes more prevalent, seeing it as an opportunity rather than a threat is essential. While AI, new jobs and opportunities may replace some jobs are also being created. To capitalize on the potential of AI, it's essential to develop data analysis, machine learning, and programming skills.
For creative professionals, embracing AI can help generate new ideas, streamline workflows, and increase earning potential. AI-powered platforms and marketplaces can also help connect creative professionals with clients and customers, generating new revenue streams.
Finally, governments and businesses must embrace AI to improve the lives of citizens and drive economic growth. The key takeaway is that AI is not a job threat but an opportunity for growth and innovation. By capitalizing on the potential of AI, we can create a better future for everyone.
Malik Shaffy Lizinde is the CEO and Co-founder at 63create, Rwanda
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