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All You Need To Know About The Proposed Kenya Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Bill 2023

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The Kenya Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Society Bill, 2023 (the “Act”) is an Act of Parliament that establishes the Kenya Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Society (the “Society”). The Society is a non-profit organization that is responsible for promoting and developing the field of robotics and artificial intelligence in Kenya.

As a professional body platform for robotics and artificial intelligence practitioners, in accordance with the Constitution of Kenya,2010,Article 119.

The Bill defines the powers and functions of the Society, which include:

  • Promoting the development of robotics and artificial intelligence in Kenya;

  • Conducting research and development in robotics and artificial intelligence;

  • Providing training and education in robotics and artificial intelligence;

  • Promoting the use of robotics and artificial intelligence for social and economic development;

  • Cooperating with other organizations in Kenya and abroad to promote the field of robotics and artificial intelligence.

The Bill also establishes the governing body of the Society, which is the Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for the overall management of the Society and for ensuring that it fulfills its mandate.

The Bill is an important step in the development of the field of robotics and artificial intelligence in Kenya. It provides a legal framework for the establishment and operation of the Society, and it gives the Society the powers and resources it needs to promote and develop this important field.

As you know, robotics and artificial intelligence are rapidly growing fields with the potential to revolutionize many industries. These technologies have the potential to improve our lives in many ways, from making our homes more efficient to creating new jobs and businesses.

The Society would be able to conduct research and development, provide training and education, and promote the use of robotics and artificial intelligence for social and economic development.

A recent study by the McKinsey Global Institute found that generative AI has the potential to generate value equivalent to $2.6 trillion to $4.4 trillion annually across the 63 use cases they analyzed. This would increase the impact of all artificial intelligence by 15 to 40 percent.

Reasons Why Kenya is embracing Artificial Intelligence setting pace for Africa

Generative AI is a type of AI that can create new content, such as text, code, images, and music. It is still under development, but it has the potential to revolutionize many industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, and retail.

ChatGPT is one of the biggest technology revelations of recent  times.Its use cases are seemingly endless.From students and high school teachers to programmers and writers,everyone is finding a good use for ChatGPT.

After the global boom of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, AI use has dominated headlines and caused increasing concerns about privacy and security.AI chatbots are capable of writing essays,messages,resumes,emails,replicating voices, and manufacturing images among numerous other possibilities. A large concern is how AI can force people out of their jobs and invade their privacy.

L_R,Fred Sagwe,leading petitioner on the Proposed Kenya Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Bill,2023 (AI Act,with STEM Impact Center Kenya, NCBA Bank and TechKidz Africa presenters.)

There is expressed concern over the widespread use of AI, threatening security, privacy, and civil rights. The World Coin platform has been criticized for its lack of security and privacy features.

According to the World Economic Forum,artificial intelligence (AI) is a powerful tool that is also surprisingly limited in terms of its current capabilities.And,while it has the potential to improve human existence,at the same time it threatens to deepen social divides and put millions of people out of work.While its inner workings are highly technical,the non-technical among us can and should understand the basic principles of how it works – and the concerns that it raises.As the influence and impact of AI spread,it will be critical to involve people and experts from the most diverse backgrounds possible in guiding this technology in ways that enhance human capabilities and lead to positive outcomes.

EU AI Act:first regulation on artificial intelligence

The European Union has been characteristically first to jump with its AI Act,expected to be fully approved by the end of the year.The move can be seen as an attempt to set a template for other countries to emulate,in the style of its European General Data Protection Regulation,which has provided a framework for data protection laws around the world.The use of artificial intelligence in the EU will be regulated by the AI,the world’s first comprehensive law.

The push towards artificial intelligence(AI) in Africa

 

The Kenya Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Society is envisaged to serve a pivotal institution that promotes and advances the field of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) within our nation. With the growing significance of these technological disciplines in various sectors, it has become imperative to provide a structured framework that supports their ethical development, application, and growth.

Purpose of the Bill

The primary objective of this proposed legislation is to formally establish the Kenya Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Society as a professional body, mandated to regulate, promote, and facilitate the activities of robotics and AI practitioners within the country. The Society will strive to create an environment that encourages research, collaboration, and innovation while upholding ethical standards and ensuring public safety.

Conclusion:

As our nation continues to embrace technological advancements, the establishment of the Kenya Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Society will undoubtedly contribute to the growth of a skilled workforce, responsible innovation, and sustainable development. This bill seeks to lay the foundation for a thriving robotics and AI ecosystem that aligns with the nation’s vision for progress.

I kindly request your support in introducing this bill to the Parliament of Kenya  for consideration. Your leadership and advocacy will play a pivotal role in realizing the potential of robotics and AI for the betterment of our society. If needed, I am more than willing to provide additional information or clarifications regarding the proposed legislation.

Samuel Musila
Samuel Musilahttps://techknow.africa
Passionate Software Developer and Tech content creator From Nairobi, Kenya

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