The FIBR AI Gallery serves the goal of accelerating the introduction, adaptation and productization of AI tools in financial services in the PAYGo and MSME sectors. As a starting point we are actively exploring scenarios in which computer vision, predictive analytics and natural language processing can be used to produce gains and alleviate pains for PAYGo providers and merchants.
Our goal for the AI Gallery is to bridge the gap between the real needs of our partners and the cutting-edge AI developments that have the potential to address these needs.We are accomplishing this by first demonstrating to these partners some of these technologies in their raw, non-productized form and openly discussing whether and how they see these technologies being useful in their day-to-day life. Starting from this first-hand expression of potential value, we then work to build proofs of concept either directly, e.g., using tools such as Google's Tensorflow "TFLite" for Android, or by working to adapt existing products of technical partners who have a similar offering that needs to be tailored to the local context.
Over the past few years we have witnessed significant advancements in machine perception in both academia and industry, for instance, the ability of a computer to "sense" the world as we humans do. However, many of these technologies are not yet available in the kind of practical form that would meet the needs of the lower-income populations we work with, or our partners who serve them. We aim to push the boundaries of what is typically seen as feasible in low-income, low-connectivity environments.
Read our report "Artificial Intelligence: Practical Superpowers" for the main use cases of AI in financial services providers in Africa.