The South African Artificial Intelligence Association (SAAIA) is a body that aims to promote the advancement of AI in South Africa. The Association seeks to promote and build the Artificial Intelligence(AI) community by encouraging the use of AI in a way that benefits people in South Africa.

The association will officially launch in Cape Town and its goal is to ensure that the opportunities that come with AI will be beneficial to everyone and not just a particular group of people.

The event will commence in Cape Town on the 31st August 2023.

According to Tech Trends, Dr. Nick Bradshaw, the founder of SAAIA, stated, “The current debate on the use of Artificial Intelligence reveals both the challenges and opportunities as well as possible harms that AI and related smart technologies could herald for both citizens, companies and the wider economy.”

“Our research has shown that AI and related automation technologies are currently impacting 120+ traditional industries globally, while creating a need for learning and change in a timescale never seen before.  The speed of this disruption is faster than any other industrial revolution that has gone before it.  As such SAAIA seeks to encourage stakeholders in the adoption of responsible AI for commercial and societal benefit with a primary focus on regulation, economic growth, trade, investment, fairness, equality and inclusivity,” he continues.

The Advisory Board members and partners of the association include the national Department of Communication and Digital Technologies (DCDT), Anza Capital, ExploreAI, the AI Institute of South Africa, the Technology Innovation Agency, Webber Wentzel, among others.