01 Februar 2021 | Kommunikation

Female entrepreneur pioneers facial recognition tech

Charlette N'Guessan Desiree is one of the leaders of AI use in Africa, saying it can open doors for previously excluded users.

It's time for us as young African engineers to start working on solutions to solve our local challenges. - Charlette N'Guessan Desiree, Founder: BACE

Kim Harrisberg - Charlette N'Guessan Desiree loved maths and science as a student in Ivory Coast, but never imagined she would one day use her problem-solving savvy to develop facial recognition technology more adept at identifying and verifying African faces.

Her company, BACE Group, hopes its artificial intelligence (AI) software will be used across the continent - helping universities to verify students for financial services, banks to sign up new clients and security firms to fight crime.

N'Guessan Desiree, 27, said there would be less suspicion of tech created "by Africans, for Africans", especially given concerns that Western-designed systems are more prone to errors when identifying non-White faces.

"It gives us trust and credibility," said N'Guessan Desiree, a software engineer.

"It's time for us as young African engineers to start working on solutions to solve our local challenges," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a video call.

ETHICS

BACE Group uses an API - application programme interface - software that can be used in existing apps or systems, together with facial recognition technology powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

This tech helps online businesses or financial institutions to verify their customers' identities remotely, allowing users to prove in real time that they are who they say they are without traveling long distances.

BACE recently launched a consulting arm to advise African businesses on how the technology can make it easier for them to verify new customers, such as people living in rural areas.

But despite the technology's huge potential for businesses, N'Guessan Desiree acknowledged the possible pitfalls.

"It's very important to be responsible and ethical with AI," she said

"That's why we have defined policies between businesses and end users and we make sure the client is aware of how the data will be used by the company."

While AI facial recognition is being used globally to tackle diseases or prevent cyber theft, digital rights groups say it runs the risk of being misused to violate privacy or discriminate against users.

From targeting protesters in India to incorrectly identifying African Americans as criminals, campaigners warn that the technology can be dangerous both when it works well and when it works badly.

TRANSPARENCY

Last week, 100 businesses, governments and nonprofits launched the Global AI Action Alliance, an initiative to make artificial intelligence more ethical and transparent, at a virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

The alliance will identify tools and best practices to safely and ethically use AI, which is projected to contribute more than $14 trillion to the global economy by 2035.

"This is something we want to be involved in," said N'Guessan Desiree, who added that the lack of robust digital rights laws across Africa means strong company policies are necessary to prevent data abuse.

But she said technology can be "beautiful and have significant impact" when it is used for good.

"From agriculture to finance to education, there is no limit. We can innovate and solve problems using tech," she said.

BACE is already gathering lots of attention. N'Guessan Desiree won the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering's Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation in September last year, the first woman ever to win the award.

"I want to motivate little sisters to say 'It's possible. If Charlette has done this, why not me?'," she said. – Nampa/Reuters

Gleiche Nachricht

 

Die Zukunft von Namibias Trinkwasser

1 woche her - 19 Februar 2021 | Kommunikation

Von Jannik Läkamp Windhoek Anlass war die Zwischenstandsmeldung einer Studie über mögliche Wege der Wasserversorgung in Namibia durch Entsalzungsanlagen. Durchgeführt wurde die Studie im Auftrag...

Female entrepreneur pioneers facial recognition tech

vor 3 wochen - 01 Februar 2021 | Kommunikation

Kim Harrisberg - Charlette N'Guessan Desiree loved maths and science as a student in Ivory Coast, but never imagined she would one day use her...

Das Flaggschiff: Daimler setzt auf S-Klasse-Effekt

vor 5 monaten - 10 September 2020 | Kommunikation

Sindelfingen/Stuttgart (dpa) - Nach den herben Rückschlägen der vergangenen Monate setzt der Autobauer Daimler zum lange geplanten Befreiungsschlag an. Die S-Klasse, Luxus-Flaggschiff und traditionell prestigeträchtigstes...

Mit Künstlicher Intelligenz gegen den Dauer-Stau

vor 6 monaten - 24 August 2020 | Kommunikation

Hannover/Berlin (dpa) - Wenn wie jetzt die Ferien zu Ende gehen, wird es auf Deutschlands Autobahnen immer besonders eng. Aber auch manchen Innenstädten könnte bald...

MTN nutzt jetzt das Stromnetz

vor 6 monaten - 05 August 2020 | Kommunikation

Windhoek (cev) – MTN Namibia ist der jüngste Kommunikationsanbieter, der von dem GridOnline-Angebot des Energieversorgers NamPower Gebrauch macht. Das vor einer Woche in Windhoek unterzeichnete...

Telekom-Sektor: Wer hat im Markt die Oberhand?

vor 6 monaten - 31 Juli 2020 | Kommunikation

Windhoek (cev) • Alle drei Jahre wird ermittelt, wer im Telekommunikationssektor eine dominante Marktposition genießt, damit die zuständige Behörde CRAN einen fairen Wettbewerb gewährleisten und...

Stadt behält Telekom-Lizenz

vor 6 monaten - 29 Juli 2020 | Kommunikation

Windhoek (cev) – Die Stadt Windhoek darf ihre Ende April erstattete Telekommunikationslizenz behalten. Allerdings werde die Kontrollbehörde für Kommunikation (CRAN) „zusätzliche Bedingungen“ auferlegen, die einen...

Einwände zur Debatte stellen

vor 7 monaten - 09 Juli 2020 | Kommunikation

Windhoek (cev) – Die Einwände des Dienstleisters Paratus Telecom gegen die Telekommunikationslizenz der Windhoeker Stadtverwaltung werden kommende Woche öffentlich diskutiert. Am Mittwoch (15. Juli) findet...

Paratus besteht auf Einwände

vor 8 monaten - 11 Juni 2020 | Kommunikation

Von Clemens von Alten, WindhoekDer private Kommunikationsanbieter Paratus Telecom beharrt auf seinen Einwänden: Nicht nur sei das Vergabeverfahren der Erlaubnis mit „grundlegenden Unregelmäßigkeiten“ verlaufen, auch...

HESS-Sternwarte unvermindert in Betrieb

vor 9 monaten - 22 Mai 2020 | Kommunikation

Bei dem renommierten Sternforschungszentrum HESS (High Energetic Stereoscopic System) auf der Farm Göllschau (südwestlich Windhoeks) wurde auch während der Ausgangsbeschränkung die Forschung fortgesetzt – dank...