Kenya IGF Online Discussion Day 4 : Emerging Technological trends

At the risk of adding a question and not a policy proposal, I wonder if the
current education we provide is adequately preparing children for their
roles in the brave new world of super technologies. …

Il venerdì 13 luglio 2018, carolyne mimano via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> ha scritto:

> Good point Wangari Kabiru,
> The conversations in Kenya turned to, “you don’t need education” to be
> successful.We compromised the quality of research and education and now we
> are turning into “blue collar jobs”.Slowly foreigners are taking over
> construction, railways and lucrative CEO and upper management positions.If
> we are not careful the current SGR railway story is just the beginning of
> our problems.We will slowly sink into the quick sand of neocolonialism.
>
> Regards,
> Carol
>
> On Fri, 13 Jul 2018, 9:24 pm WANGARI KABIRU via kictanet, <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>> @ Kopiyo, Royal Customers is an apt description.
>> Tunapata sifa nyingi for our peculiar testing and consumption fetish.
>>
>> Na tuwache kudanganyana juu ya Silicon Savannah! Need to introspect where
>> the Savannah started overtaking the Silicon.
>> Just as we have Mercury sugar whereas we have a rich Western sugar belt.
>> Na watoto was Uchina waja.
>>
>> And the ones to take a stand is the Tech Community and learning
>> institutions churning them out. There are many talented and doing great
>> stuff. These are hard earned and created potentially lucrative careers that
>> can have significant impact in job creation not just hustles.
>>
>>
>>
>> Be blessed.
>> Regards/Wangari
>>
>> On Jul 13, 2018 19:43, Victor Kapiyo via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>> Given all these developments, I wonder what our tech universities are
>> teaching. The country needs to innovate more, otherwise we’ll be loyal
>> consumers.
>>
>> On Fri, 13 Jul 2018, 19:23 John Kariuki via kictanet, <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>> Listers,
>> In addition to the two emerging technologies which are under
>> consideration by a taskforce appointed by ICT Ministry, one reputable
>> international technical journal has listed another 18 emerging technologies
>> which will fundamentally change the world in the next twenty years.These
>> technologies include 5G, passenger drones,Bluetooth 5.0, Quantum
>> Computing,Smart Dust,Foam Batteries,Li-Fi (Light Fidelity),Deep Mapping
>> ,Mixed Reality,Multi-sensory interfaces,Bio-based materials and
>> Programmable materials.
>>
>> These technologies are already at various stages of implementation in
>> various parts of the world.
>>
>> John Kariuki
>>
>>
>>
>> On Friday, July 13, 2018, 1:39:34 PM GMT+3, David Indeje via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Listers,
>>
>> It is true that as information becomes more accessible through the use of
>> mobile devices for stakeholders throughout various sectors, people are
>> gradually moving toward more efficient ways of enhancing efficiency,
>> increasing incomes, and capturing more value by linking fragmented markets
>> in the case of the agriculture sector.
>>
>> However, it has been proven that many at times, people’s existing
>> (local) knowledge, and expertise, or their experience in the context of the
>> local operating environment is rarely taken into account when programs or
>> solutions are designed for them. Policy makers or developers need to have
>> an understanding that the end user of any innovation is a customer not to
>> be seen as a beneficiary. Therefore it is good to have policies in place
>> that nurture domestic ICT skills. On the other hand, the government needs
>> to ensure accessible and affordable tools, and ensure that the private
>> sector is capable of offering mobile broadband / infrastructural services
>> at affordable prices
>>
>> *Kind Regards,*
>>
>> *David Indeje *
>>
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>>
>>
>> On Fri, 13 Jul 2018 at 12:40, Ronald Ojino via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>> Thanks Barrack for the response.
>> Indeed emerging technologies play a great role in our society and they
>> hold the key to the future
>> As Ali has pointed out, it is unfortunate that there has been no feedback
>> from the govt as regards policies to regulate these technologies . If there
>> are policies we will definitely end up adapting these technologies in a
>> structured manner. I hope this discussion injects some impetus to the
>> policy formulation process for the emerging technologies.
>> Artificial intelligence seems to have gotten a head start in terms of
>> implementation across various sectors.
>> 1. Apart from Agriculture and Manufacturing, in which other sectors has
>> AI been implemented (if possible examples)?
>> 2. What of technologies such as IoT i.e smart grids/ smart agriculture
>> etc, Virtual reality and Whitespace technology are they being implemented
>> locally?
>> 3. What of blockchains, any progress in its implementation in the lands
>> registry?
>> Over to you members.
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 12:29 PM, Ali Hussein via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>> Barrack
>>
>> I can confirm that no feedback was ever forthcoming from the Ministry on
>> the Policy document that this list contributed to.
>>
>> Where we are at as a country the policy formulation related to these new
>> technologies to ensure that the government keeps apace of not only
>> regulatory issues regarding these technologies but also creating a
>> continous enabling environment is a critical component of growing ICTs.
>>
>> Regards
>>
>> *Ali Hussein*
>>
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>>
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>> On Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 9:54 AM, Barrack Otieno via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>> Hi Ronald,
>>
>> I will attempt to address the questions in no particular order.
>>
>> 1. I think the current policy was developed in a forwad thinking
>> manner. It would also be nice to find out the status of the revised
>> policy. I am not sure whether Ali Hussein got any feedback from the
>> humble requests he had made to the Ministry on the state of the
>> revised Policy in any case we are doing fine.
>> 2. Artificial Intelligence is already here. Many Kenyans are already
>> using artificial intelligence in Agriculture (automated Irrigation
>> Systems). Many drivers are also relying on google maps to manage
>> traffic and travel related issues.
>> 3. There is need to create more awareness and build capacity on how
>> various sectors such as Agriculture, Manufacturing can benefit from
>> Artificial Intelligence. AI is largely being used by the urbanite and
>> has not been embraced fully by the citizenry beyond our major towns
>> and cities. With rural electrification , the conversation should be
>> extended to Rural areas.
>>
>> I am also keen to understand whether there is any organization that
>> has implemented the TV Whitespace technology locally and the
>> requirements for the communications authority for any organization
>> that may want to deploy the technology for use in building community
>> networks.
>>
>>
>> Best Regards
>>
>> On 7/13/18, Ronald Ojino via kictanet <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke>
>> wrote:
>> > Morning listers,
>> >
>> > Today, a range of technologies such as artificial intelligence,
>> immersive
>> > tech, biotech, autonomous robots, green energy and space travel etc—
>> have
>> > entered the mainstream and begun to fundamentally disrupt business,
>> > geopolitics and everyday life around the world. During the next decade,
>> we
>> > expect to start transitioning into the next era of computing and
>> connected
>> > devices, in which we will wear and will command using our voices,
>> gestures
>> > and touch.
>> >
>> > As the world rapidly technologically evolves,
>> >
>> > – How are these trends being adopted locally?
>> >
>> > – What are the challenges faced in adopting these technologies locally ?
>> >
>> > – Do local policies cover these technologies?
>> >
>> > – What are the local measures that can be put in place to promote local
>> > innovation in future tech?
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Lets engage,
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Regards,
>> >
>> > Ronald Ojino
>> >
>> > —
>> > Faith is a living and unshakable confidence. A belief in God so assured
>> > that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake.
>> >
>>
>>
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