Made in Ghana Artificial Intelligence dubbed Brilla AI will unofficially compete with contestants of the three Senior High Schools (SHSs) to participate in the grand finale of the 2023 National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ).
Brilla Al according to Primetime Limited, producer of the 2023 NSMQ will battle remotely with PRESEC- Legon, Achimota School, and Opoku Ware School, at the riddles round of the final contest on Monday, October 30, 2023.
Built by Kwame AI, Brilla AI will attempt to quickly and accurately provide an answer to a question with a Ghanaian accent. It consists of four distinct machine-learning systems (across NLP, speech processing, and Generative AI) working together in real time.
Head of the project, Dr. George Jojo Boateng said his outfit’s aim is for Brilla AI to compete in the National Science and Maths Quiz and win performing better than the best contestants in all rounds and stages of the competition
Asked how the Artificial Intelligence project works, he said “The app transcribes the voice of the quiz moderator into texts and lists the clues from the texts, which are then forwarded to the questions and answering feature of the app.”
“The AI then converts the answer to speech, replying to the riddle in a Ghanaian accent. The open-source project seeks to explore the potential of artificial intelligence in the national competition and in the education sector.
Aside from being a fun intellectual challenge, this work matters because there is much inequity in preparations for the NSMQ, a problem that is quite representative of the inequity in Ghana’s educational system where only the big-name schools almost always make it to the semis and finals,” George noted.
He continued. “Now, if every school had access to this AI technology that could enable unlimited preparation sessions, we can truly democratize NSMQ preparation, and more broadly science education across Ghana, and eventually enable millions across Africa to have one-on-one learning interactions.”
The first version of the Brilla AI which automatically transcribes speech with a Ghanaian accent, and generates an answer to a scientific riddle was demoed at AfricAIED 2023 and launched on Saturday, 28th October 2023.
Kumasi-based Opoku Ware School and Accra-based Senior High Schools Achimotal School and Presbyterian Boys Senior High School are the qualified schools to compete in this year’s National Science and Math Quiz (NSMQ) final.
Slated for Monday, October 30, 2023, the producer of the National Science and Mathematics Quiz (NSMQ), Primetime Limited has invited President Akufo-Addo as the special guest of honour for the grand finale of the competition.