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South Africa Launches First Military-Focused AI Hub in Africa

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South Africa took a significant step towards integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) into its national defense and security with the launch of the Defence Artificial Intelligence Research Unit (DAIRU).

The initiative, spearheaded by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies in collaboration with the Department of Defence, establishes DAIRU as the fourth hub under the Artificial Intelligence Institute of South Africa (AIISA).

This development positions South Africa at the forefront of AI research for military applications, aligning with the global trend of utilizing AI in defense operations.

The launch coincides with the National AI Summit held on May 5, 2024, where the importance of regulations for responsible AI development was emphasized.

The draft National AI Plan, shared during the summit, will undergo a pre-policy process to gather public and industry feedback before submission for official approval.

Lieutenant General Michael Ramantswana, Chief of Staff of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), hailed the DAIRU launch as a crucial milestone.

He stressed the importance of not only adopting existing AI technologies but also fostering innovation within the SANDF. Collaboration and resource sharing were highlighted as key factors in accelerating AI implementation.

DAIRU is expected to address critical needs in areas like AI capacity development, cyber defense, maritime and border security, countering illicit activities, and enhancing operational efficiency for the SANDF.

The initiative aligns with the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s (PC4IR) recommendations, recognizing AI as a transformative force for both societal and economic progress.

This development in South Africa’s AI landscape paves the way for utilizing this powerful technology to strengthen national security and contribute to broader socioeconomic advancement.

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