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Ethiopia Advances AI Development with Technology Transfer Initiatives

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louis Buyisiwe

Apr 12, 2024

Ethiopia's commitment to artificial intelligence (AI)

At the forefront of Ethiopia's AI advancements is Robot Desta, a remarkable creation by the Ethiopian Artificial Intelligence Institute and iCog Labs, in collaboration with various other entities. Showcased at the Science Museum, Robot Desta can speak Amharic and exhibit emotions like happiness, showcasing the potential of AI in cultural integration.
Ethiopia's Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen

Addis Ababa – Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh emphasized Ethiopia's commitment to artificial intelligence (AI) and technology transfer during a special event in Addis Ababa.


The announcement underlines the nation's strategy to address the unique challenges faced by African countries through technological innovation.

At the forefront of Ethiopia's AI advancements is Robot Desta, a remarkable creation by the Ethiopian Artificial Intelligence Institute and iCog Labs, in collaboration with various other entities.


Showcased at the Science Museum, Robot Desta can speak Amharic and exhibit emotions like happiness, showcasing the potential of AI in cultural integration.


The event also featured a performance by Robot Desta alongside renowned musician Mulatu Astatke, attended by high-ranking officials and technology innovators. This highlights the blend of technology and culture, reinforcing the government's focus on accelerating Ethiopia's digital transformation.


As Ethiopia continues to develop its AI capabilities, initiatives like these are pivotal in ensuring the country remains at the cutting edge of digital technology and innovation.

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