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Russian robots started working in Africa: what else is known about the robotization of the black continent

Traveling around the world Russian robots Promobot reached and Africa. The first Promobot v.2 flew to Ghana on April 12. He took part in a major music award Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, where he met guests, advised them on issues of interest, entertained, worked as hostess.

Russian robot Promote at the Vodafone event
Russian robot Promote at the Vodafone event
Russian robot Promote at the Vodafone event

Robot Promobot bought a mobile operator Vodafone. In the future, the company wants to use Promobots not only as promoters, but also for narrow case studies in Vodafone stores. In addition, robots will participate in major events throughout the African continent.

Robot Promote in Ghana
Robot Promote in Ghana
“We expect that the robot will become a full-fledged employee in the store – will communicate with visitors, advise on various issues, help solve their problems,” said Geoffrey Adadevo, representative of Vodafone Africa.

By the way, robots in Africa are not unprecedented. In Africa, robotics is developing in every way and successfully. Institutes and contests are being created, and the scope for the introduction of robots is much wider than in Russia.

In 2008, in Ghana, students built a robot with funds from Mount Saint Joseph Academy – this was the very first robot in Africa. The video shows the presentation of the device, where the solemn removal of the faded sheet tears off an ovation. The robot is equipped with a manipulator arm that lifts various loads. Asidu Abudu, so called the main inventor, became a national hero and continues to develop various devices:

The first robot, created in Africa. Its creator is the national hero of Ghana
Asidu Aboudou gives interviews and talks about how he created his robot

In 2012, the African continent created the organization AFRON (The African Robotics Network) – the union of organizations and institutions that contribute to the development of robotics in Africa. They support communication and cooperation that contribute to the development of education, research and industry in this field.

AFRON Community
AFRON Community
A few months later, the community organized a contest “10 Dollar Robot Design Challenge”. Within the framework of the contest, they were looking for projects that can be made available everywhere and trained on their platform of novice robots. The cost of $ 10 was chosen as the ideal target value, but the participants and with a cost of $ 100 were acceptable.

In 2014, developed competencies were useful to Africa in the fight against the Ebola epidemic – in the capital of Liberia, Monrovia, a robot disinfector appeared, which relieved the room of the virus in a matter of minutes.

In 2015, authorities in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, installed two eight-foot robot-regulators in the center of the city. They can withstand the harsh climate and can detect pedestrians waiting for passage.

The robot helps you navigate the road. Particularly appreciated help guys in the Mercedes left
The robot helps you navigate the road. Particularly appreciated help guys in the Mercedes left

True, for the obvious benefit of robotics and the enthusiasm with which the introduction of high-tech assistants across the world are met, many fear that this will lead to a negative employment effect for low-skilled and medium-sized specialists.

Agriculture, which is the main field of occupation for the African people, is being violated. Cheap drones give mechanized farmers new ways to increase yield, while in Tanzania they track wildlife.

The African robotics industry is young. On the one hand, the development of robotics allows the continent to join the global trend, increasing the overall level of education and reducing costs for many dangerous and harmful occupations. And at the same time, concerns about the growth of unemployment among the population are not unfounded.

In any case, the African economy is in a developing phase and, who knows, maybe this is where a new type of economy will begin, where employees with low and medium skill levels will be completely replaced by robots. And people who are in forced technical unemployment, will find alternative employment opportunities.

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