Why Nigerian Youth Must Prepare for Digital Revolution

The Managing Partner, Verraki Partners, Mr. Niyi Yusuf, in this interview speaks on the need to equip Nigerian youth with skills needed for success in a rapidly changing global economy.


How would you explain the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in technology disruption in the 21st century?


AI is when human beings design machines which some people would call computers to have in-built intelligence and be able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, which is underpinned by fast access to large storage of previous interactions, records, data and then connecting the dots which help to identify a trend and anticipate responses to varied situations. AI is what makes machines have enough intelligence to look at data, spot trends, connect various dots and be able to provide a response even to a previously unknown situation. While human beings have self-awareness, social, business and emotional intelligence aiding our ability to respond to various known and unknown situations, machines will only do what they have been programmed to do. Now we have taken machines a notch further to give them a sense of ability to respond to unknown situations using historical or similar occurrences and machines are now able to demonstrate visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, translation between languages, predict traffic situations.


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