“Information is power” is a phrase that has been stuck in my mind for the past week. Recently, the Ethio Tech IT department and technical team have been working hard to grant access to the latest internet sensation, OpenAI’s Chat GPT. Over the course of the first five days of operation, our API-based website has serviced over 10,000 individuals located primarily in Ethiopia, with traffic coming from countries such as the United States, Croatia, Greece, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and more.
The large majority of our audience has thanked us for giving them access to a service that seems to have gone viral on the internet, with almost every video on YouTube or TikTok being about this chatbot. However, the inventors and custodians of this technology have decided to exclude almost every African country from creating a beta account. It is unclear to us why Africans are not allowed access to such an amazing tool. While promoting the new URL on various social media platforms, we have received mixed responses. Most users are extremely grateful that someone took the initiative to provide access to a tool that was otherwise seen as inaccessible. However, there have been some who argue that since Ethiopia did not contribute to the development of this technology, Ethiopians are not entitled to use it.
It is shocking to me that these people do not know that there would not be a computer in existence today without the knowledge gained by European imperialists who invaded the library of Magdala during the reign of Emperor Tewodros. One of the manuscripts that was looted and stolen from the library contained ancient Ethiopian mathematical arithmetic, which is the central basis for all electronic devices that deal with computations. This means that, regardless of Ethiopia’s involvement in the development of current technology, every computer and calculator would not function without ancient Ethiopian mathematical equations.
So, without further Rambling, here is a link that will allow anyone in the world to access Chat GPT, brought to you by proud Africans.