World AI Show – Singapore is virtually bringing together some of the top names in the AI and business space along with government dignitaries to discuss on how to leverage the AI technology to fulfill Singapore's tech-driven future through governance, initiatives, and innovations. World AI Show is a thought-leadership-driven, business-focused, global series of events taking place in strategic locations across the world. It connects top AI experts, enterprises, government representatives, data scientists, technology leaders, startups, investors, researchers, academicians, and global AI innovators - to discuss the impact of AI on commercial applications and the revolutionary ways it can transform businesses and government functions.
The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has participated in the fourth Arab Digital Content Forum, which is being held until today via video-conferencing technology under the theme The Future of Arabic Content on the Internet. The event has been organised by the Ministry of Transport and Communications under the auspices of the League of Arab States and in collaboration with the CRA of Qatar, the Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organisation (Aicto), the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (Alecso), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The CRA participated in the first session that was conducted on October 5 under the title The Reality of Digital Arabic Content, along with representatives from the Qatar Scientific Club (QSC) and the Qatar Computing Research Institute. The session discussed the reasons for the weak presence of Arabic digital content on the Internet and the importance of preserving the Arab digital identity from disappearing, in addition to discussing the challenges of digitisation from a technical perspective, and the impact of artificial intelligence in promoting Arabic content. Participants also exchanged their views and experiences in this field.
IBM announced it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Brazilian software provider of robotic process automation (RPA) WDG Soluções Em Sistemas E Automação De Processos LTDA (referred to as "WDG Automation" throughout). The acquisition further advances IBM's comprehensive AI-infused automation capabilities, spanning business processes to IT operations. Financial terms were not disclosed. In today's digital era, companies are looking for new ways to create new business models, deliver new services and lower costs. The need to drive this transformation is even greater now given the uncertainties of COVID-19.
After decades spent discussing how and what to teach in the classrooms, the focus is now turning more to implementation, experts said at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) conference in Doha, hosted by the Qatar Foundation on 19-21 November. Ministers and education experts discussed in Doha how to reap the benefits of the digital revolution as new challenges arise from teaching students across the world in the era of artificial intelligence. OECD countries spend on average 4.5% of their GDP on education. At the same time, education itself is transforming to adapt to a changing planet. The constant retooling of labour skills will be a central element of a European Commission paper on the future of the EU social pillar, to be published on 26 April, EURACTIV.com
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.
As the number of people infected with the new coronavirus continues to climb in Qatar and neighboring countries, the Biomedical Research Center of Qatar University is accelerating work to support efforts to better understand the virus. The center recently started several research projects related to the new virus, whose official name is SARS-CoV-2, for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. The center's projects include a detailed analysis of cases of infection with the virus inside and outside Qatar, a study of the body's immune responses to the virus, and a study evaluating the response of the virus to some antiviral drugs and natural compounds. "We use computer modeling and artificial intelligence for genetic sequencing of the virus and to look for inhibitors that can prevent the infection of the cell," said Hadi Yassine, an associate professor of epidemiology and infectious diseases at Qatar University who is research projects manager at the Biomedical Research Center. "This type of research enables us to predict the response of the virus to some drugs." As of April 14, more than 3,400 cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, had been reported in Qatar, with seven deaths.
Dr. Truby is Director of the Centre for Law & Development at Qatar University College of Law, alegal research and policy centre focused on delivering solutions to the needs of Qatar's National Development Strategy. Its current research and roundtable agenda focuses upon financial innovation for Qatar's economic diversification, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, digital currencies and blockchain technology. As a lawyer and academic established in law, policy and social sciences, he has secured major research grants from Qatar Foundation as well as other corporate and public sponsors, enabling him to research and publish in areas of interest including financial innovation and regulation, cybersecurity, AML/CFT, taxation and commercial law. He also studies policy tools to impact social behavior towards to achieve decarbonization and other sustainability objectives to mitigate climate change. Before joining QU College of Law in 2010, Dr. Truby taught graduate and undergraduate courses on the LLM and LLB courses at Newcastle Law School (England).
Arabic is spoken by more than 440 million people worldwide and is the fourth most-common language used on the Internet today. Yet the Arabic language is seriously underrepresented online. Digital content in Arabic accounts for only 1 to 3 percent of all content online, according to a paper, "Digital Arabic Content," produced by the International Telecommunication Union for a summit in 2012. A recent study by the W3Techs survey firm found that Arabic was the language of fewer than 1 percent of websites it surveyed. Kareem Darwish, a senior scientist at the Arabic Language Technologies Group at the Qatar Computing Research Institute, in Doha, is part of a team working on tools that use artificial intelligence to change that.
Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) is hosting a lecture by Dr James She from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), titled, 'AI and Smartphone Technologies for New Artwork Creation, Interaction and Definition'. The lecture will take place this Tuesday, 18 February, 12:30 pm, at the VCUarts Qatar Atrium. The event is open to everyone. Emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smartphone technologies are making disruptive changes and new possibilities for people in business, manufacturing, travel, education and even art. In this talk, examples of AI and smartphone technologies will be selected to show how recent developments in those technologies could facilitate the creation of, and interaction with, artworks.