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Oman climbs 11 places in artificial intelligence readiness index 2020


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Oman Artificial Intelligence Readiness Rating Jumps 11 Places to 48th Globally


London, Oct 31 (ONA) – The Sultanate's rating in the "Government Artificial Intelligence Readiness Index 2020" advanced by 11 places, according to a …

Fever-Detecting Drones Don't Work


This article is part of Privacy in the Pandemic, a Future Tense series. Since the pandemic began, authorities in New Delhi, Italy, Oman, Connecticut, and China have begun to experiment with fever-finding drones as a means of mass COVID-19 screening. They're claiming the aircraft can be used to better understand the health of the population at large and even to identify potentially sick individuals, who can then be pulled aside for further diagnostic testing. In Italy, police forces are reportedly using drones to read the temperatures of people who are out and about during quarantine, while officials in India are hoping to use thermal-scanner-equipped drones to search for "temperature anomalies" in people on the ground. A Lithuanian drone pilot even used a thermal-scanning drone to read the temperature of a sick friend who didn't own a thermometer.

Some countries in the Middle East are using artificial intelligence to fight the coronavirus pandemic


Countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council are stepping up their use of artificial intelligence tools to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Governments throughout the GCC -- a group of countries in the Middle East that includes Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates -- have enacted some of world's strictest measures, including suspending passenger flights and imposing curfews on citizens to put brakes on the number of new cases of Covid-19 that currently total over 2 million (2,064,115) globally, according to Johns Hopkins University data. But countries aren't restricting their efforts to simply imploring their residents to stay locked in and shutting down all but the most essential of businesses. They are increasingly deploying sophisticated technology to ensure that movement is limited and social distancing is in place through the use of speed cameras, drones and robots. By applying location-based contact tracing, governments can monitor those who have tested positive for coronavirus, and try to limit their exposure to the population.

AI in War Means Deepfakes as Well as Killerbots


Since 2014, Russia has played a dominant role in the civil war hostilities in Syria where the testing of technology fresh out of research and development has been applied to measure results, graded by software systems. Such military upgrades launched in Syria and in Yemen include the SS-21 Scarab, the Uran-9 and the Ratnick-4 (robotics). A four day drill was held in December 2019 in the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean. Participants were Russia, Iran, and China whose cooperation, unity, and military exchanges were evident during the drills. Russia's involvement should be considered in the light of a strategy.

Lenovo offers surveillance security solutions at Intersec 2020


Video surveillance systems are evolving and are using artificial intelligence (AI) to inspect and analyse video footage, interpret patterns and flag unusual activity. Lenovo DCG and Pivot3 provide a state-of-the-art upgraded infrastructure solutions that aim to enhance current technology required to support these systems rather than entrusting the preservation of crucial data to outdated NVR technology. Commenting on the partnership, Dr. Chris Cooper, General Manager for Lenovo DCG, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, said, "We are delighted to showcase our partnership with Pivot3 at one the world's leading technology trade shows. The Middle East is exhibiting tremendous growth in terms of adopting smart solutions. The UAE in particular is investing heavily in implementing the latest innovations in their technological infrastructure; therefore, we see great potential from our partnership with Pivot3 as we work together to supply the appetite for next generation computing products and services."

Defining Innovation: Beyond Market Research - Freeminds MENA


The Market Research and insight industry will disappear by the way we known it well! That's what people say is!. By the implementation of artificial intelligence and machine learning and the automatons and also types of robotics changes the approach for the industries domains. The cloudy outlook to the innovations in market research is always due to how we define innovative in the market research, some point of view links and define the innovative as it is technology or technique related to the use of tools. In order to score good in innovation degree you have to score to founding innovation in people, storytelling, process, co-creation.

Oman Day


It is One of a kind gathering of 250 pre-qualified CIOs, CEOs, CTOs, Heads of AI, Chief Digital Officers, Heads of Innovation and International AI & ML experts. Where Dr.Tejinder Singh the founder of Qtickets, Qtsouq, 360-nautica is one of the Member of Investor and Jury Panel for the regional panel of the Startup World Cup taking place @ Qatar.

UAE Artificial Intelligence Network launched to accelerate adoption of AI


Through established partnerships and collaborations, the UAE Artificial Intelligence Network seeks to bring together governments, private entities, international organisations, start-ups, research centres, academic institutions, business incubators and accelerators under one roof to discuss and exchange expertise in the field of AI, and identify challenges and roadblocks that affect the adoption of AI, and how to solve them. The UAE Artificial Intelligence Network offers its members the opportunity to participate in various local and international events, including the annual AI Conferences organised by the UAE National Programme for AI, as well as AI-focused seminars, conferences, workshops, meetings and sessions. Members also benefit by networking with AI experts, working closely with AI pioneers and decision makers, as well as the opportunity to contribute with recommendations to the UAE Council for Artificial Intelligence.

How Artificial Intelligence can increasingly impact MENA retail market


"I am very interested in what is happening in Latin America and I think (in) Brazil there is an awful lot of quite smart investment," he added, noting that he thinks Europe is being a bit slow. The latest research report titled "Artificial Intelligence in Retail Market" published by Industry Research expects AI in the retail market to grow globally at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 35 percent from 2019 to 2024. The report also notes that the growing trend of rising technology adoption in the industry can be associated with the need for streamlining retail operations, minimising efforts, and increasing revenue mostly for e-commerce retailers. The application of artificial intelligence (AI), big data and analytics will enable businesses with a data-driven model by expanding the types of data that can be analysed and raise the level of sophistication of the resulting insight, according to the report. Owen Farrow, Leader Consumer Industry at IBM Middle East told Zawya on the sidelines of the event that the UAE particularly is becoming a more common place to talk to people about AI and stands out for leading with experience.