Google has today revealed that searches for artificial intelligence, or AI, are at an all-time high in Kenya. Search trends show that people have searched for AI more than ever in 2023 so far, with interest rising 270% since last year – and 400% over the last five years.

This has of course been driven by the huge worldwide interest in public AI platforms such as ChatGPT, Google’s own Bard and image AI platforms such as Midjourney.

Searches for “how to use artificial intelligence? (+350%), “what is an AI?” (+300%), “how AI works” (+200%) and “how to make artificial intelligence” (+200%) are all trending. Google, which released their conversational AI service Bard in Kenya in English in March and in Swahili in July, sees AI as having huge potential to help people, businesses and communities.

Google has committed to pursuing AI responsibly, which includes advocating for responsible regulation, working in partnership with others to get AI right, and prioritising the technology’s purpose for public good.

Search interest in AI in relation to jobs increased by over 5,000% this year – while searches for AI in relation to CV or resume building increased by 1,150% and searches in relation to AI courses doubled (+100%). Searches for “free AI image generator” (+2,500%), “AI music generator” (+2,200%), “AI website builder” (+1,600%), “AI video generator” (+1,400%) and “logo maker AI” (+1,150%) all also increased.