Ngenkathi sinikeza inkundla ososayensi base-Afrika banoma isiphi isiyalo ukwethula abakutholile ocwaningweni lwabo futhi baxhumane nabanye abacwaningi ezwenikazi lase-Afrika nasemhlabeni jikelele, siphinde sigqugquzele ukwehluka kwezilimi [zase-Afrika] ekuxhumaneni kwezifundiswa ngokukhuthaza ukulethwa kwemisebenzi yezifundiswa kumdabu wase-Afrika osemthethweni izilimi nokunikeza imihlahlandlela nolwazi lokusetshenziswa kwezilimi eziningi kwisayensi ngezilimi zase-Afrika. ULuke Okelo, weqembu lethu, ubhala ngokuhunyushwa kwezilimi ezisemthethweni zase-Afrika ekuxhumaneni kwabafundi ngezansi.

Le ndatshana yanyatheliswa kwasekuqaleni blog.translatescience.org/ai-and-seamless-translation-of-research-in-official-african-languages/ 

Uma kungenzeka ungakabi nalo ithuba lokufunda lokhu okuthunyelwe kwebhulogi kwangaphambilini ngozakwethu ngicela wenze kanjalo, ikhuluma ngokunembile inkinga eyaziwayo ebhekene nomkhakha wesimanje wokushicilela kwezazi kwezesayensi.

Cishe zingu-2000 izilimi ezikhulunywa e-Afrika, futhi lezi zingqimba zomdabu nezomdabu nazo ziyindlela yokuzikhethela ekusakazeni ulwazi kososayensi abaningi kuleli nakwamanye amazwe.

Njengoba kukhonjisiwe eposini le-blog elishiwo ekuqaleni, ososayensi abaningi base-Afrika banolwazi lolimi lwesiNgisi futhi bavame ukushicilela ukuxhumana kwabo kwezazi ngesi-Anglophone. Ngo-2018 kuphela iqoqo lase-Afrika le-AfricanArXiv repprint lesazi lase-Afrika lalinezethulo ezingama-25 ngesiNgisi.

Kodwa-ke akulahlekelwanga kulabo bafundi, nami ngokwami, ukuthi yize sisebenzisa izilimi eziningi, sibhekana nezingqinamba ezilimini ezimbili ekuvezeni izincwadi zethu ezibhaliwe kakhulu futhi kwesinye isikhathi nasezintshumayelweni zethu zamagama esikhulunywayo.

Ngikholwa ukuthi ubuchwepheshe endimeni yabo njengomhlinzeki woshintsho oluhle bangadlala indima ebalulekile ekuvaleni leli gebe ngokusebenzisa i-Artificial Intelligence (AI) enikela ngenkonzo yokuhlinzeka ngeplatifomu yokuhumusha engenamthungo yomsebenzi wesayensi obhalwe ngezilimi ezehlukene zase-Afrika.

Omunye wemisebenzi esemqoka yohlelo olunjalo lwe-AI kungaba ukwamukela amaphepha esiNgisi abhalwe ngabaphenyi base-Afrika nokunikela ngensizakalo yokuhumusha engenamthungo okuholele ekukhishweni kwezilimi eziningi zase-Afrika ngangokunokwenzeka, futhi okuphambene nalokho, nangendlela ehlelelwe yakhela ekufundeni kwangaphambilini.

Ukucaphuna engisebenza naye kokuthunyelwe kwangaphambili kwebhulogi “Ngokuthuthuka kwe- Ukucutshungulwa kolimi ngokwemvelo (NLP), kufanele kube lula impela kuzikhulumi ezingezona ezase-Indonesia [noma zase-Afrika] ukuqonda izindatshana ezibhalwe ngesi-Indonesian [noma izilimi zasendaweni zase-Afrika]. Ngakho-ke umthwalo wokusebenzisa isiNgisi ngokushesha njengolimi oluyinhloko lwesayensi kungehliswa. ”