Ikpelikpe

Ikpelikpe

In my heart runs green soup.
I am not of the West. My skin
chocolate dark. My hair
kinky black. My food
the sustenance of Africa.

I am Ikpelikepe,
a son of the Igala.
We are the strong hand
caressing the nipples of the world,
tickling Africa.

I am green, the farmer’s
color. Blessed by weather to feed
the universe. Muscle to till
mother earth. Fertilize the umbilical
and bring industry to life.

Yes, I am Ikpelikpe,
the beauty of the African pot.
Through me the okpehe grows
and my people are fed.

By Umar O. Abdul


Umar O. Abdul is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He has published Soyinka Lied, The Making of Tomorrow, The Surrogate, Ashes (with Kenneth Weene), The Rightful King (with Kenneth Weene), The Broken Moon, Owailo, Frozen Frame, The Inheritor, Stray Bullet, and King’s Darling. Married and blessed with beautiful children, Umar resides in Ankpa, Nigeria where he lectures with the Department of Theatre Arts, Kogi State College of Education


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Ikpelikpe

Behind

Life is a sweaty race run for crumbs
from cradle to grave. Bees hunt
nectar. Elephants stamp
rude, proud possessors of size.
Jungle justice for all

animals are equal; some more
or less. A battle of blackmail,
terror, backstabbing. Humans,
hunters of peanuts. Crumbs,

brother, do not loot
your mother’s milk,
sell your father’s genitals,
steal your sister’s kidney
for such useless crumbs.

Reason eludes.
The world crumbles;
or is it we who have smashed
everything? memory decays

where are fathers,
who give foundation?
Where have history makers gone;
the writers of tales? Memory fails.
we remember only to forget.
leave crumbs, dust, ashes.

By Umar O. Abdul


Umar O. Abdul is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He has published Soyinka Lied, The Making of Tomorrow, The Surrogate, Ashes (with Kenneth Weene), The Rightful King (with Kenneth Weene), The Broken Moon, Owailo, Frozen Frame, The Inheritor, Stray Bullet, and King’s Darling. Married and blessed with beautiful children, Umar resides in Ankpa, Nigeria where he lectures with the Department of Theatre Arts, Kogi State College of Education


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The Ethics of AI: Balancing Advancements and Privacy Concerns

The Ethics of AI: Balancing Advancements and Privacy Concerns

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming our world, ushering in a new era of technological innovation and progress. From self-driving cars to personalized medicine, AI is poised to revolutionize various aspects of our lives, offering solutions to complex problems and enhancing human capabilities. However, this rapid advancement of AI has also raised critical ethical concerns, particularly regarding the potential for bias, discrimination, and privacy violations. As we embrace the transformative power of AI, it is imperative to strike a delicate balance between innovation and ethical responsibility.

The Promise of AI

AI holds immense potential to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. In healthcare, AI-powered diagnostic tools can aid in early disease detection and personalized treatment plans, improving patient outcomes. AI can also revolutionize transportation systems, optimizing traffic flow, reducing accidents, and making transportation more accessible and efficient. In education, AI can personalize learning experiences, tailoring instruction to individual student needs and enhancing the overall learning process.

AI’s potential extends beyond these specific domains, permeating various aspects of our society. It can optimize resource management, improve environmental sustainability, and enhance our understanding of complex systems. AI can also facilitate communication and collaboration across cultures, fostering global understanding and cooperation.

Ethical Considerations and Privacy Concerns

Despite the immense promise of AI, its development and deployment must be accompanied by careful consideration of ethical implications. AI systems are trained on vast amounts of data, and if this data contains biases, the AI system will perpetuate those biases. This can lead to discriminatory outcomes in areas such as hiring, lending, and criminal justice.

Moreover, AI systems often collect and analyze vast amounts of personal data, raising concerns about privacy and surveillance. The ability to track individuals’ movements, monitor their online activity, and analyze their personal communications raises serious concerns about individual autonomy and the potential for misuse of this data.

Striking the Balance

To harness the benefits of AI while mitigating its potential risks, we must establish clear ethical guidelines and principles that govern its development, deployment, and use. These guidelines should emphasize transparency, accountability, fairness, and respect for individual privacy.

Transparency is crucial to ensuring that AI systems are understandable and accountable. Users should have the right to know how AI systems are making decisions, allowing them to challenge or contest unfair or biased outcomes. Accountability mechanisms should be in place to hold developers and users responsible for the ethical implications of AI systems.

Fairness is another critical principle that must guide AI development. AI systems must be designed to avoid perpetuating existing biases and discrimination. This requires careful consideration of the data used to train AI systems and the potential for bias in algorithms and decision-making processes.

Respect for individual privacy is paramount in the age of AI. Individuals should have control over their personal data and the ability to opt out of data collection and analysis. Data collection and use should be clearly outlined and subject to rigorous security measures to prevent unauthorized access and misuse.

Conclusion

AI holds immense potential to transform our world for the better, but this potential must be harnessed responsibly. By establishing clear ethical guidelines, fostering collaboration among stakeholders, and promoting public awareness, we can ensure that AI is developed and deployed in a way that benefits society while respecting individual rights and privacy. The ethical considerations surrounding AI are complex and evolving, but by engaging in open dialogue and prioritizing ethical principles, we can navigate this new era of technological advancement responsibly and sustainably.

By Patrick Miracle Lazarus


My bio: Utibe-Abasi Patrick, a Nigerian from Akwa Ibom State. Since I was a young child, I have always liked reading. One way I try to communicate my stories and captivate my audience is through writing. While I write short pieces and annotations for the time being, my ultimate goal is to create a book, probably a collection of my essays on self-improvement and what it is like to live.  Website: https://www.facebook.com/UtibeWrites