January 27th,2017
Robots, machines, computers are becoming increasingly capable in terms of information processing and therefor advancing rapidly "at an exponential pace" that now one would be merely hard for her/him to distinguish the difference between the machines that perform routine tasks like Optical character recognition that belong to Machine learning to the actual Artificial Intelligence like human speech recognition and the capability of playing strategic games like Chess and Go including self-car driving and interpreting complex data.

Joshua has been involved in AI and its different aspects, studied and steered the personal data paradigm in which we’re now living and has been involved in the design and ethical implications of systems that know more, and can control more, about humans and has shed more light on AI through a discussion that took place at kLab alongside the audience that span from people who has been working on AI to people who simply have interest in AI.

The issue of all jobs being taken over by machines is now a major one from the global perspective, some say that this will be the same as the industrial revolution when people massively lost their jobs and evolved altogether with them afterwards to reach the industrial technology peak as we now have it. Raising this issue no happens to know what will really happen once at the peak of AI, some are optimistic about this and some pessimistic about it. However, what we know for sure is that some the great minds that planet Earth has like Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Niel DeGrasse Tysona and others are not quite optimistic about how far AI could go (if it is for better or worse) and apparently which is moving at an impressive pace never recorded in technology history before.

Joshua mentioning his chat with a top executive of General Electric (GE) about who will buy their products if all the jobs are done by machines and people are jobless and can not afford to pay the cars, would the machines buy the cars? Or more conveniently would machines buy machines?

With China investing heavily in the making of robots (using human labor in most cases) and selling those to developed countries like the US to finally pump out their money and making the replaced human labor by machines while on the other end its human labor is increasing more and more. Should other countries adopt Chinese model, maybe yes - then who is going to purchase those if everyone is making it, this will become obsolete due to low purchase demand; maybe no - then you become the victim of this revolution that is already happening in developed countries.

When you take a closer look or rather an overall look to this you realize that it all comes to the disappearance of human labor therefor no money, however some ideas has been introduced and under experimental processes like the UBI (Universal Basic Income) that is taking place in California, lets suppose that this succeeds and everyone has the necessary to live for free, then the question becomes; what will motivate people to innovate and create.

Please do share with us what is your take on Artificial Intelligence @klabrw
January 26th,2017
The goals of the event (Forum1) were to understand people’s opinions and perceptions of internet and human rights; promote and create an open and welcoming internet society atmosphere in Rwandan Community (involved or uninvolved). The main goal is to provide a space for people to engage and access freely with internet. This is not about the cost of internet but accessibility freedom as other fundamental human rights.

Forum 2 will closely focus on Freedom House Internet Report for Rwanda and get the public point on how Rwanda was ranked in 2016. Now that the first forum was for awareness, the second forum closely intends to hear on how people freely access Internet in Rwanda. There will also be a survey for the participants opinions to be recorded.

This will be a very interesting event and every one is invited, an EventBrite link will be shared shortly for registration
January 26th,2017
Traction Camp is a regional acceleration program aimed at nurturing startups in East Africa so as to create globally competitive, growth-oriented, mobile and digital technology businesses.

It is a 6 month program that will support Growth-oriented startups in scaling their business through a tailor made acceleration process designed to take growth oriented enterprises and startups through a rapid-cycle competitive curriculum, and matches them quickly to appropriate capital and business mentor. The program will connect entrepreneurs with the knowledge, capital and markets they need to grow their enterprises. The 6 month program will support growth-oriented startups in scaling their business through a tailor made acceleration process designed to takes growth oriented enterprises and startups through a rapid-cycle competitive curriculum, and matches them quickly to appropriate capital and business mentor. The program will connect entrepreneurs with the knowledge, capital and markets they need to grow their enterprises.

The program will entail a two week of intensive mentoring and coaching before an one week of residential program and up to six months of follow up mentoring and coaching, intensity of which will be decided based on each entrepreneur’s performance and needs. Participating startups will receive technical assistance on the acceleration curriculum that is designed to improve their marketability to early-stage financiers through emphasis on strengthening business and financial models, and outlining preparations for the capital raising process through detailed coursework on entrepreneurial finance. Other project activities will include facilitating several access to finance (A2F) workshops to provide familiarity with financial concepts and expectations of angel investors to a broader audience. We will conduct a series of information outreach workshops across the region for growth-oriented, digital entrepreneurs in partnership with the tech hubs. The main purpose of these workshops is to inform on requirements of the program, introduce the curriculum of the program and some of the key activities. The workshops will be held in different countries as follows;

kLab (Rwanda) on 25th January
Buni Hub (Tanzania) on 26th January
Iceaddis (Ethiopia) on 2nd February 
Outbox (Uganda) on 2nd February

Through PIVOT East and other programs, the m:lab East Africa has established working relationships with tech hubs and incubators in the East African Region and will continue to build upon these partnerships through the Traction Camp project’s activities. more info can be found at http://mlab.co.ke/tractioncamp/