Mauritius is currently hosting the three-day World AI Show and World Blockchain Summit 2018 at InterContinental Resort Mauritius, in Balaclava. The event is organised by the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation, in collaboration with the Economic Development Board and Trescon Global.
The aim of the World AI Show and World Blockchain Summit is to identify opportunities for the deployment of Artificial Intelligence in the various key sectors of Mauritius's economy and implement the latest innovations that shape the AI and Blockchain roadmap in the following sectors: Digital Public Services, Transportation, Supply Chain, Emergency Management, Healthcare, FinTech Services, Smart Cities, Smart Education, and Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and Manufacturing.
At the opening ceremony, the Prime minister, Pravind Jugnauth, stated that over and above the economic benefits, AI technologies can be leveraged for the betterment of the society and to address some of the challenges people face today in their daily lives by promoting social inclusion, safety, diagnosing diseases, environment protection, improvement of public services delivery, fight against criminal activities and drug trafficking, energy management and transport.
He pointed out that recent advances in robotics, programming and machine learning suggest that significant gains can be achieved through the adoption of AI in the same way as the steam engine propelled an industrial revolution or the Internet revolutionalised the service industry.
Government has identified a number of growth enablers for Mauritius namely good governance, human capital investment, economic integration and also crucially innovation. As such, he emphasised, we want to maximise the use of emerging technologies in our journey towards a better Mauritius. He expressed conviction that the future of industries and businesses will depend very much on the use of new technologies such as AI, Blockchain, FinTech, IoT and Big Data.
For his part, the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, spoke of the importance to ensure that technological development be accompanied by inclusiveness. In Mauritius we have chosen to warrant that every citizen can benefit from the massive adoption of technology at all levels, he emphasised.
Sophia, the Humanoid robot and United Nations Development Programme's first ever non-human Innovation Champion, was present at the opening ceremony and participated in a a live conversation.
- More info on govmu.org