Modern technology is at a novel point in development, with the now better understood artificial intelligence and machine learning becoming a viable tool for businesses in a variety of industries. 21-year-old Mpho Kubeka is a Machine Learning Engineer and Founder of Kube Industries, his own startup that uses advanced technology in creative ways to provide solutions for his clients. He’s hoping to use technology to improve the lives of South Africans by incorporating it into as many aspects of daily life as possible.
Kubeka recognised the importance of technology from a young age and credits being part of the winning team at a hackathon hosted at the Tshimologong Digital Precinct as a defining moment for him in motivating him to dive head first into coding. He knows the value in finding the right method of learning, explaining how some people prefer to learn from books, others find what they’re looking for in tutorial videos.
Launching his startup was the result of Kubeka realising that organisations that can benefit greatly from machine learning and data science often only hire on a temporary consultancy basis, and wanted to offer that service. It’s his hope to become a driving force for technological change, noting that South Africans aren’t benefiting as much as countries in other parts of the world.
Kubeka believes there is plenty of local talent that can produce creative solutions to specifically local problems. Improving education, telecommunications, healthcare and more vital industries can have widespread positive impact. As he explains,”if my work can unlock a higher level of life for South Africans, that would be a good indicator of my impact.”