Kenya's Controversial AI and Robotics Bill Sparks Backlash: Professionals Urge Parliamentary Rejection 🇰🇪

Kenya's Controversial AI and Robotics Bill Sparks Backlash: Professionals Urge Parliamentary Rejection 🇰🇪

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Kenyan IT professionals are calling for the rejection of the 2023 Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Society Bill, citing concerns of inadequate stakeholder consultation. The proposed legislation, seeking to penalize unlicensed entities with fines and potential prison sentences, faces criticism for its alleged focus on regulating robotics rather than addressing broader AI concerns.

Kenyan IT professionals have raised objections to the 2023 Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Society Bill, claiming inadequate stakeholder consultation during its drafting. The bill proposes penalties, including fines and potential imprisonment, for unlicensed entities in the AI and robotics sectors. The regulatory body, Robotics Society of Kenya, would oversee compliance and sector development. Critics argue that the bill, if enacted, could lead to a national disaster and lacks comprehensive addressing of AI concerns. Kenya ranks fifth in Africa for AI readiness, with experts urging additional consultation and potential amendments to the bill.


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