Supercomputer's vast brainpower comes to Africa.

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IBM's supercomputer Watson is to be utilised in Africa to help solve some of the continent's most pressing problems. Watson uses artificial intelligence to analyse huge amounts of data and can also understand human language, giving scientists and partners access to the world's most advanced cognitive computing technologies.

It could help the African economy leapfrog other countries and achieve in the next two decades what today's developed markets have achieved over two centuries.

The project, dubbed Lucy, after the earliest known human ancestor fossil found in East Africa, will cost $100m and take 10 years to complete. Watson technologies will be deployed from IBM's new Africa Research laboratory providing researchers with a powerful set of resources to help develop commercially viable solutions in key areas such as healthcare...

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