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Zimbabwe Watch - Keen interest in Artificial Intelligence

Zimbabwe is looking to capitalise on Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions that are emerging and will roll out projects and programmes aimed at improving healthcare, education, access to finance through FinTech and agriculture.

With the knowledge that Chinese facial ID technology has made rapid progress over recent years, the Zimbabwean government hopes to introduce it to the country to help accelerate its modernization by partnering with leading Chinese enterprises in the IT sector,"

This was expected to affect reconnection program for fixed phone and Internet Service Provider, [TelOne] (https://www.iAfrikan.com/tag/telone) whose services were disrupted after cables and other network equipment was stolen.

The state owned company will require foreign currency – which is in acute short supply in Zimbabwe – to buy replacement equipment and cabling.

Businesses and consumers in the country have embraced e-commerce and digital payments although the central bank, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, has set the country back after it banned banks from processing payments and other transactions involving cryptocurrencies.

China Is Taking Its AI Around The World. This Should Scare The US.

They were deliberate and carry a subtle message: China wants to bring the new economic powers of the world, countries in South America, Asia and Africa, into its sphere of influence.

Whether this means the US creates a “basket” of AI-services and offers it to countries or creates an AI-Free Market, where AI can be traded, developed and sold in a brand new way, the US government must start thinking way outside the box.

China could leverage this dependency to cut better trade deals, negotiate new security contracts, give Chinese businesses an edge and supply other technologies like 5G.

As China supplies AI to the world, it will create a new geopolitical status quo: any country that picks a fight with China will have to deal with China’s AI, deployed everywhere.

China's Computing Ambitions

China plans to become the world's high-tech leader, and quickly.

an initiative designed to position China as a world leader in fields such as robotics, aviation, advanced information technology, and new-energy vehicles in less than a decade.

In support of this governmental initiative, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a three-year action plana to drive growth in areas including smart drones, facial recognition, AI-supported medical diagnosis, speech recognition, and language translation.

If successful, the initiative would grow China's AI industryb to a size of $150 billion by 2020, approximately 100 times its size in 2016.

SenseTime specializes in facial recognition technology with applications including payment verificationd and automated checkout.e Demand from China's public security agencies drives demand.

Shortly after news of SenseTime's massive cash influx, Cloudwalk, a company based in South China's Guangdong province, signed a cooperation agreement with Zimbabwe's government for a mass facial recognition project;

First and foremost is quantum computing—it has been suggested the first general-purpose Chinese quantum computer could have a million times the computing power of all other computers currently on earth.

The laboratory, nearly four-million square feet, has two major research goals: quantum metrology and building a quantum computer.

With 772 million Internet usersk and growing fast, China has approximately twice the number of users than the U.S.,l with data protections less stringent than the European Union.

The second is that China's top-down political system can enable rapid, widespread application of innovative technologies, overriding commercial or popular opposition.

In decentralized western systems, dockless bike-sharing typically requires independent approval from various government agencies;

The fact that China does not offer its citizens the same legal protections or provide government or corporate transparency as Western democracies is a real concern.

While China's top-down control risks government overreach, more open digital systems risk instability and have other weaknesses—exposed by recent "fake news"

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