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It looks like smartphone farms could be more profitable than livestock or crop farming, yes? - Tefo M
 
August 5 · Issue #52 · View online
iAfrikan Daily Brief
It looks like smartphone farms could be more profitable than livestock or crop farming, yes? - Tefo Mohapi

On 8 May 2019, when we launched this newsletter we to a look at how emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence could impact Africa and how the continent can use them. The reality however is that the future is here, now.
However, as William Gibson, an American-Canadian writer of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, once said in several interviews:
The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed
A Chinese smartphone farm with more than 10,000 phones in the 'click farm' which are designed to boost social media pages' popularity.
It’s one thing to look at things like AI, Machine Learning, Drones (and more) and fantasize about how they could be used in Africa. However, looking at China and other countries, digital technologies are already being used in ways that one would never have thought.
In some cases, it is not even complicated but
Take for instance the profitable business of smartphone farms (literally, rooms and warehouses filled with thousands of smartphones) which are found across China and can be hired by anyone for a variety of services from getting fake social media followers, fake Page likes and fake Ad clicks ad more. This is a multi-billion dollar business in China that employs hundreds of people.
China Has A Secret $50 Billion Dollar Click Farm Problem
I mention this one example because it has many implications. Some use click farms to make sure their apps appear and trend on App Stores while others use them to buy fake YouTube, Soundcloud plays and even Twitter followers. As such, it becomes extremely difficult to determine whether a topic or video is trending on social media because real humans are talking and sharing it or whether its bots (through click farms) contributing to this.
More importantly, this has serious implications, as we’ve witnessed previously, such fake engagement can sway elections, even in Africa. Worse still, those with vested interest in political outcomes of other countries, are already investing millions of dollars in bots and similar solutions - like this Russian troll factory that had a $1,25 million daily budget to influence the 2016 American elections.
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Read This Book
“What was the point of fighting if nothing was really destined to change?”
In this international classic published in 1961, Frantz Fanon examines the traumatic effects of colonisation on the colonised. He explains the consequences of a decolonising struggle on individuals and on the nation as a whole as he explores class, race, violence, culture and freedom. A major influence on human rights and liberation struggles around the world, The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon is particularly current and compelling for Africans today. 
“To educate the masses politically does not mean, cannot mean, making a political speech. What it means is to try, relentlessly and passionately, to teach the masses that everything depends on them; that if we stagnate it is their responsibility, and that if we go forward it is due to them too, that there is no such thing as a demiurge, that there is no famous man who will take the responsibility for everything, but that the demiurge is the people themselves and the magic hands are finally only the hands of the people.” ― Frantz Fanon
“One of Fanons’s major contributions was a recognition of the tension that would emerge between the African elite and the working people at the moment of freedom as they each sought to define their identities and find their place in the post-colonial world,” said Xolela Mangcu on the book by Fanon.
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
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