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The world of computing is full of buzzwords: AI, supercomputers, machine learning, the cloud, quantum computing and more. One word in particular is used throughout computing – algorithm. In the most general sense, an algorithm is a series of instructions telling a computer how to transform a set of facts about the world into useful information. The facts are data, and the useful information is knowledge for people, instructions for machines or input for yet...

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The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) says it has rolled out some digitisation strategies through its new portal to transform the sector and improve insurance penetration. Mr Abiodun Aribike, the Deputy Director in charge of Information Technology in NAICOM, said this on Friday in Uyo at a seminar for insurance journalists with the theme: “Digital Transformation of the Commission and Market Development Initiatives’’. He said the strategies, which would be made available through the portal would...

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Seven years ago, my student and I at Penn State built a bot to write a Wikipedia article on Bengali Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s play “Chitra.” First, it culled information about “Chitra” from the internet. Then it looked at existing Wikipedia entries to learn the structure for a standard Wikipedia article. Finally, it summarized the information it had retrieved from the internet to write and publish the first version of the entry. However, our bot...

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Nigeria and other West African nations are set to adopt a new system of utilizing satellite technology in better predicting environmental patterns to help mitigate flood. The adoption follows an initiative by African Union (AU) Leaders and the European Union in the training of key stakeholders in the application of the technology. The training which opened in Abuja and is also to be held simultaneously in other West African Countries, is being conducted by the...

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says there is room for innovative technology that will be suitable for use in the courtroom. Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the vice president spoke at the virtual Townhall Meeting of the Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN). The theme of the meeting is “How to build the right mindset for a better Nigeria, post COVID-19”. The vice president said COVID-19 challenges could be...

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The Senate Committee on Science and Technology on Wednesday appealed to the Enugu State government to support the Technology Incubation Centre in the State as it is a veritable platform for employment and wealth creation for the youths. Senator Uche Ekwunife, chairman of the committee made the appeal when the committee paid a courtesy call to the state governor during an oversight function on all the National Board For Technology Incubation, NBTI, within southeast geopolitical...

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The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), said that the annual International conference would showcase emerging applications and technologies to achieving fourth industrial revolution (4IR) that would lead to Sustainable Development. The President, NCS Prof. Adesina Sodiya said at a virtual news briefing via Zoom that this year’s theme ‘Emerging Application and Technology for Industry 4.0 (EATI 2020) would provide technological support for modern industries. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this year’s conference initially scheduled to be held at Akwa Ibom would be held...

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The State of Israel and Nigeria on Wednesday signed bilateral agreement in the field of green energy development. The agreement was the outcome of a closed-door meeting between Mr Yotam Kreiman, Deputy Head of Israeli Mission to Nigeria, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology in Abuja. Speaking, Yotam told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that “Dor” Group is one of the leading companies in Israel in the field of energy. He expressed...

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Research and technological innovations are key ingredients of national development which are reflected as vital indices of the country’s economic vitality and overall wellbeing.  Successful nations are able to make this important connection in the research and development nexus.  And since scientific research can take number of years to complete, funding from the government greatly affects scientific research. During this time period lot of financial support is required as there might be lot of expensive...

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Dr Samson Arigbamu, a Nigerian medical expert based in the U.S., says he has invented a stethoscope equipped with components capable of identifying adventitious lungs such as COVID-19 infected lungs immediately. Arigbamu told newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan that the stethoscope was in production at prototype and optimisation stage. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Arigbamu had lived in the U.S for 22 years and was currently the Director of Nursing at Future...

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