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African Futures Project News


Atheism Reduces Maternal Mortality in Nigeria

The Approaching Golden Age of Africa

The Challenge of Secularism and Human Rights in Africa

Secular Education in Uganda

A Pressing Issue — Lack of Knowledge about Global Health

Goertzel Launches Indiegogo to create AI Tablets for African Children

YaNetu: AI Teaching Tablet for African Children—IndieGogo Campaign


African Futures Project Events





African Futures Resources


The IEET’s African Futures Project was started in 2012 as a multifaceted program to develop our understanding of how emerging technologies, combined with human rights and democratic empowerment, are transforming Africa, the poorest region of the world.

The project started with two separate initiatives, the first an accumulation of the intellectual thoughts and dreams of academic scholars and policy leaders, and the second a program aimed to empower ordinary Africans by putting communication devices in their hands.

In 2013, the IEET is relaunching the African Futures Project, and building on these established initiatives to support a revisioned mission for the project that focuses on the former goal of sustainable development for Africa.

Therefore, the new mission of the IEET’s African Futures Project is to work to promote and distribute products, and partner with other scholars and organizations under the common goal of discussing, developing, and delivering sustainable technological advancements to Africa.

The IEET will start towards this mission by expanding the two current projects, Fone4U and the African Futures Essay Collective. For more information on these projects, please click on the links in your left-hand side bar. In the future of the project, other initiatives will be developed to assist in fully realizing the goals and mission of the African Futures Project.

It is also our goal is to use this website to not only collect videos and articles that relate to the project, but to also offer full transparency in the progress with our initiatives.

For more information on the project, or if you would like to submit articles or get involved with the African Futures Project, please email Hank at Hank@ieet.org.



Apr 7, 2016

Atheism Reduces Maternal Mortality in Nigeria

by Leo Igwe

If you are one of those who think that atheism is of no benefit to Africa and Africans, that disbelieving in god has no social value or significance for this people then you may rethink your position after reading this.

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Apr 3, 2016

The Approaching Golden Age of Africa

by Jules Hamilton

As we witness seedlings of massive transformation throughout the world, Africa remains the last populated continent to be fully integrated into our global economy. Africa suffers from problems like corrupt governments, lack of infrastructure, remaining tribal and religious tension, poor education, and bad health care. But these problems will be addressed directly and indirectly in the approaching decade by a confluence of forces.

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Mar 27, 2016

The Challenge of Secularism and Human Rights in Africa

by Leo Igwe

African countries have been facing various challenges since independence and one of these major dilemmas is defining the relationship between religion and politics. At independence, African countries inherited multiple faiths, political religions that seek to control state formation and structure.

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Mar 26, 2016

Secular Education in Uganda

Sean McGuire Share A Slice Podcast

Sean Macguire at Share A Slice Podcast interviews Hank Pellissier from the Brighter Brains Institute to talk about the charity work his organization is doing in Uganda to further secular education.

 

 

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Mar 14, 2016

A Pressing Issue — Lack of Knowledge about Global Health

by Natasha Vita-More

Global health could easily be the most pressing global issue today, due in large part to humanity’s general lack of knowledge about health and what this lack of knowledge means to humanity’s future.

Which disease—from the array of infectious diseases, cancer, Tay-Sachs, sickle-cell anemia to Alzheimer’s—should we as a world community invest in curing?

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Mar 12, 2016

Goertzel Launches Indiegogo to create AI Tablets for African Children

Indigogo

IEET Fellow Ben Goertzel is promoting an Indigogo campaign to complete YaNetu, a project that would provide AI tablets to African children.

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Mar 12, 2016

YaNetu: AI Teaching Tablet for African Children—IndieGogo Campaign

YaNetu: AI Teaching Tablet

Ben Goertzel and his team at iCog Labs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is creating a revolutionary new AI-based teaching tablet to help children in Africa and throughout the developing world. Please donate to our IndieGogo HERE

 

 

 

 

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Feb 25, 2016

H+ Clinic Fights Child Malnutrition to Improve Ugandan Future Brain Power and Economic Production

by Hank Pellissier

H+ Clinic in rural Bwethe, Uganda, was established in 2015 by “Transhumanitarians” and other supporters in a GoFundMe campaign.

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Jan 19, 2016

Report on Nigeria ICT Festival 2015

by Agbolade Omowole

Mascot Information and Technology Solutions held the maiden edition of Nigeria ICT Fest on December 4, 2015 at Magrellos fast food, Festac Town, Lagos, and December 5, 2015 at Radisson Blu Anchorage hotel at No. 1A, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos, to bridge the technology gap between Nigeria and the developed world.

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Dec 6, 2015

#26: Atheism in Zambia - skeptical, rational thought in a very superstitious country

by Leo Igwe

According to IEET readers, what were the most stimulating stories of 2015? This month we’re answering that question by posting a countdown of the top 30 articles published this year on our blog (out of more than 1,000), based on how many total hits each one received.

The following piece was first published here on June 23, 2015, and is the #26 most viewed of the year.

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