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World's First AI University Has More Than 3200 Applicants Already

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According to media reports more than 3,200 students have applied for the school in the first week admissions were open. Many of the applicants came from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, India, and China. In October Abu Dhabi announced the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, which will enable graduate students, businesses, and governments to advance AI. The university is named after the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is an advocate for developing human capital through science. The school aims to create a new model of academia and research for AI and to "unleash AI's full potential."


What Drove The AI Renaissance?

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It is the present-day darling of the tech world. The current renaissance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with its sister discipline Machine Learning (ML) has led every IT firm worth its salt to engineer some form of AI onto its platform, into its toolsets and throughout its software applications. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has already proclaimed that AI will change 100 percent of jobs over the next decade. And yes, she does mean everybody's job from yours to mine and onward to the role of grain farmers in Egypt, pastry chefs in Paris and dog walkers in Oregon i.e. every job. We will now be able to help direct all workers' actions and behavior with a new degree of intelligence that comes from predictive analytics, all stemming from the AI engines we will now increasingly depend upon.


AI in Customer Experience: The new frontier

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For more than 4,000 years, the advertising industry has been defined by new technologies that allow companies, governments and individuals to attract and retain the interest of their target audiences. In Egypt, papyrus was used to deliver some of the world's first commercial advertising in poster form. The first ever advertising "jingle" or sonic logo was the result of ladies of the night in 750 BC Greece hammering nails into their shoes to produce a distinctive tone to attract clients. The advent of the printing press, radio, television, and now the internet and social media have all radically changed the way in which products are sold. In the mid-1990s, as companies and organisations began recognising the internet's potential as a marketing tool, huge amounts of time and money were poured into establishing online footprints.


Does AI Challenge Biblical Archeology?

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The Dead Sea Scrolls, found by a shepherd boy in 1947, dating from roughly 200 BC through 100 AD, were remarkably well-preserved. Exciting finds like the Scrolls and the hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt tempt us to think that when a lost document is found, we will easily physically read it once we understand the language. Sadly, many surviving documents are so damaged that they cannot be read using traditional methods. All we know is that they are/were documents. Nowadays, the 1,700-year-old En-Gedi Scroll--one of the most ancient snippets of the Old Testament ever uncovered--isn't much to look at.


Cabinet approves establishing national artificial intelligence council

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CAIRO - 21 November 2019: The Cabinet, during its meeting on Thursday under Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, approved a draft resolution on establishing a national council for artificial intelligence. The national artificial intelligence council, which follows the Cabinet, will be chaired by the communications and information technology minister and group a number of ministers and heads of several bodies concerned. The new national body will be responsible for outlining the national strategy for artificial intelligence and overseeing its implementation in a way that copes up with the international developments in this field. The council will be authorized to cooperate with the related regional and international bodies as well as to select the best artificial intelligence applications that could help offer safe, sustainable and smart services. During the meeting, the Cabinet approved authorizing the ICT minister to contract and sign agreements with Microsoft, ESRI, VMware and Teradata on the behalf of the government to be self-funded by the ministry during the years 2019/2020, 2020/2021, 2021/2022 and 2022/2023.


World's first AI university sees strong demand from students

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The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university in the world, has received immediate interest from graduate students across the globe. So far, 3,200 students have started the application process, including 1,681 potential students in the last step of their application process and 234 completing their applications within the first week of the university's launch on October 16. The majority of applications were received from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, India, and China, a statement said. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and chairman of the MBZUAI board of trustees, said: "The level of interest in such a short time is a very encouraging sign. MBZUAI is attracting prospective students from around the world, affirming the UAE leadership's vision of investing in human potential and enabling societies through knowledge and education to find practical solutions to some of the biggest challenges in the world, and further establishing the UAE and Abu Dhabi as a global hub for innovation and higher education."


Africa Is Building an A.I. Industry That Doesn't Look Like Silicon Valley

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Some stood in front of posters, which wound around the tree's sprawling roots, depicting machine learning systems that promised to predict everything from soil nutrition, to whether a small-scale farmer would repay a loan, to how a self-driving car might navigate the bustling streets of Cairo. Over the last three years, academics and industry researchers from around the African continent have begun sketching the future of their own A.I. industry at a conference called Deep Learning Indaba. The conference brings together hundreds of researchers from more than 40 African countries to present their work, and discuss everything from natural language processing to A.I. ethics. Founded in 2017, Indaba is a direct response to Western academic conferences, which are often difficult for researchers from distant parts of the world to access. Take, for instance, the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, the most well-known meeting dedicated to artificial neural networks.


Egypt sets its sights on artificial intelligence

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Interest in artificial intelligence is on the rise in Egypt as enterprises embrace emerging technology to expand into new markets, investors back AI startups and government initiatives support education and awareness of the technology. There is mounting evidence that private enterprise is embracing AI. Recently, for example, AI and anlytics vendor fonYou partnered with a mobile operator in Egypt to use its AI module to reach the unbanked, and Widebot just raised a six-figure (USD) Pre-Series A investment for its Arabic language chatbot. Meanwhile, the government is looking to develop AI capabilities in a number of ways, including launching its first AI faculty at Kafr El Sheikh University. Egypt is aiming to have 7.7 percent of its GDP derived through AI by 2030, a figure touted in the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report, The Potential Impact of AI in the Middle East.


How emotionally intelligent AI can improve the way humans interact

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What gave you the idea to work in this area? What problem--or problems--are you trying solve? When I was doing my PhD at Cambridge University, I was constantly using my laptop to communicate with my family back home in Egypt. I realized I was spending more time interacting with technology than with any other human being. And as I communicated with my family, they had no clue how I was feeling except for the smiley or sad face emojis that I could send them.


Reporter's Notebook: Behind the Scenes of a Fair-Trade AI Data Story

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I envisioned an old Cadillac with massive Texas longhorns adorning the hood meandering along a dusty road. This road was in Egypt, and Stringfield was behind the wheel, sweat glistening on his brow as he hauled a load of freshly-baked sesame seed bagels. No, I hadn't been experimenting with some designer hallucinogen. But my conversation with him, as happens with particularly captivating sources, conjured evocative concepts and imagery, the kind of stuff that begs to be illustrated in word pictures. Thing is, although his latest enterprise encompassed many of the issues I aimed to address in my most recent feature story in MIT Technology Review -- such as fair labor in the AI industry, data ethics and the future of work -- his background as a former Halliburton executive who became a bagel-making entrepreneur during his time in Cairo as an HR consultant with the oil giant never made it into the story.