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March 1st, 2016 / Mail & Guardian Africa, Kenya

thumb.aspxMany fear that the new industrial age will hurt emerging markets, as they are likely to suffer when artificial intelligence and robots become widely used, reducing the competitive advantage of their cheap labour. For 80% of Africans employed in the agriculture sector, this also holds an uncertain future since the growing of cereals and fibre crops are near-certainties to be taken over by robots. Yet, it’s not all doom and gloom. Africa is not static. There are plenty of examples that illustrate how innovations and innovative approaches have transformed agriculture on the continent, suggesting that it can be a beneficiary, rather than victim, of a new technological revolution. Here are some examples: Read more