Kenya IGF Online Discussion Day 4 : Emerging Technological trends

Listers,
It is indeed true that we are laggards as relates to emerging tech. There
are countries where industry determines the curriculum.. Maybe that’s the
way we should go since such challenges will boost innovation.
An important point raised is : Can we take a lead in developing some of
these trends?
Are local industries taking up these technologies?
Let’s keep engaging.
Regards
R.Ojino

On Jul 13, 2018 21:54, “carolyne mimano via kictanet” <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

Hi Grace,
No its definitely not enough.
But mainly not just because of the education system but more because as a
society, we haven’t embraced contionous learning that goes beyond the
required education system.
We see education as a chore rather than a way through which we can be
better and continously improve.Learning shouldn’t just be in school and its
purpose is not just a certificate.It’s to improve what we currently
have.Something that we are really not focused on as a country

Regards
Carolyne

On Fri, 13 Jul 2018, 9:39 pm Grace Bomu, <nmutungu@gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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>>>
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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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>>>
>>>
>>>
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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
>>> >
>>> > —
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>>> > that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake.
>>> >
>>>
>>>
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