Photo courtesy of Tom Ilube. Photo Illustration: Aaron Leaf

The Futurist: Tom Ilube's Fantasy-Tinged Vision for Africa

The influential tech entrepreneur and founder of the Nommo Awards for African speculative fiction has bold plans for the future of the continent

Tom Ilube strides easily across the TEDx stage wearing the uniform of the tech elite—no tie, a minimalist headset mic wraps around his right cheek. "We need to talk about artificial intelligence (AI)," he says gesturing for emphasis. "At the heart of AI are the algorithms that define it and people forget that algorithms are not just technical, they're political and cultural". Using a remote, Ilube brings up the Google results for "beautiful baby" on the huge screen behind him. The images of cute happy looking toddlers are all white.

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