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Atos asks: Is digital transformation only about technology?

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With telcos and enterprises alike fast tracking their digitalisation initiatives across the region, the Middle East finds itself on the cutting edge when it comes to digital innovation. In the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the launch of 5G will bring a plethora of opportunities for enterprises to redefine the way they do business and deliver a diverse portfolio of digital services and products to an increasingly demanding client base. Similarly, across the greater Middle East and Africa region, the proliferation of 4G and LTE networks is kick starting a digital revolution that will fundamentally change the way people live their lives – opening up a veritable smorgasbord of digital opportunities, from remote working and e-learning initiatives, to mobile financial applications and e-health solutions. As telcos continue to evolve their product offering way beyond the mere provision of "dumb pipe" connectivity, they will increasingly look to leverage partnerships with service providers who can facilitate their own digitalisation on an end-to-end basis. Most of the world's biggest and most ambitious digital transformation champions are looking to sharpen their focus on the Middle East and Africa region.


Infograph: Future of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Marketing - MarTech Vibe

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While marketing technology is trending globally, the future of artificial intelligence and machine learning seems to be growing exponentially. According to a Meltwater report on Artificial Intelligence in Marketing, 85 per cent of marketers researched believe that AI will make a significant impact on their marketing activities. It is predicted that AI will add USD 14 trillion in additional revenue and increase profitability by 38 per cent. The total economic growth in the UAE and Saudi Arabia is estimated at USD 397 billion. Also Read: What Marketers Don't Know About AI Here is a handy infographic depicting the future of artificial intelligence and machine learning in marketing and it's top growing applications and uses for marketers.


Artificial Intelligence Can Contribute $135 Billion to This Country's GDP by 2030

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Established by a royal decree issued on 30 August 2019, SDAIA is responsible for overseeing the national data and AI strategy through three executive arms: The National Data Management Office (NDMO), the National Information Center (NIC), and the National Center for Artificial Intelligence (NCAI). Through its vision, SDAIA seeks to establish the Kingdom as a global leader among the league of data-driven economies. Its mission relies on unlocking the value of data as a national asset to realize Vision 2030 aspirations by setting the national data and AI strategy and overseeing its execution through harmonized data policies, data and insights capabilities, and continuous AI and data innovation. Given that nearly 70% of the strategic goals, as mentioned, are AI and data related, the role of SDAIA is imperative. Speaking earlier this year at the launch of its brand identity, Dr. Abdullah Bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi, the President of SDAIA, said, "We have witnessed first-hand, the early impact of AI and data-driven initiatives and their potential to propel Saudi Arabia's future economy, but we are still in the early stages with several untapped opportunities available. We, at SDAIA, have been tasked with defining the national data and AI strategy, and delivering on our nation's vision for the future by optimizing our national resources, improving efficiencies and enabling the creation of diversified economic sectors."


Saudi Arabia to host global artificial intelligence summit in October

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LONDON: A data and artificial intelligence (AI) summit will be held in Saudi Arabia in October, it was announced on Friday. The Global AI Summit, under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and organized by the Saudi Data & AI Authority (SDAIA), will take place on October 7-8 with the theme "AI for the Good of Humanity." SDAIA said the summit will be a virtual one due to the ongoing precautionary measures put in place by the Saudi government to tackle the spread of COVID-19. The summit will discuss how AI trends can assist the global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, some inspirational insights about future requirements for regulators, investors, and companies in the field of AI as well as how AI will develop in the future. Among the participants will be many distinguished speakers and global experts from different countries, who will cover a range of topics divided into four sectors: 'Shaping the New Normal,' 'AI and Governments,' 'Governing AI' and'The Future of AI.' According to a SDAIA statement, the event will tackle global changes and their impact on the transformation of AI and review how AI technologies can be used to create a better future for all, in addition to highlighting the most prominent technical challenges facing the global AI community today and how to develop AI technologies safely and ethically in various applications that affect human life.


Artificial Intelligence in Marketing Market to Reflect Impressive Growth Rate During 2027 – Scientect

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The report provides valuable insights about the advancements of the Artificial Intelligence in Marketing market and the approaches regarding the Artificial Intelligence in Marketing market with analysis of each region. The report further talks about the dominant aspects of the market and explores each segment. To understand the Artificial Intelligence in Marketing market dynamics, the market is analyzed across major global regions and countries. Middle East & Africa: Saudi Arabia, South Africa, U.A.E., and Rest of MEA Thank you for reading our report. The report is available for customization based on chapters or regions.


How will GPT-3 change our lives?

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"GPT-3 is not a mind, but it is also not entirely a machine. It's something else: a statistically abstracted representation of the contents of millions of minds, as expressed in their writing." In recent years, the AI circus really has come to town and we've been treated to a veritable parade of technical aberrations seeking to dazzle us with their human-like intelligence. Many of these sideshows have been "embodied" AI, where the physical form usually functions as a cunning disguise for a clunky, pre-programmed bot. Like the world's first "AI anchor," launched by a Chinese TV network and -- how could we ever forget -- Sophia, Saudi Arabia's first robotic citizen.


How Saudi Arabia Is Looking To Develop & Integrate Artificial Intelligence In Its Economy

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Yet another country has gone to release the potential of artificial intelligence to fuel its economic growth plans. One of the largest oil manufacturing nations, Saudi Arabia, has now formulated and launched a nation-wide policy on AI. The project has been signed with approval from King Salman and aims to add the market value of up to 500 billion riyals (US$133 billion) in the country's GDP by 2030. The policy formulation had begun last year when the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) was established through a royal decree in August 2019 to lead the charge of the nation's transformation into a data-driven economy. Besides, the body is working on implementing a cloud platform, intending to build one of the biggest cloud frameworks in the Middle East by connecting 83 data centres controlled by over 40 government bodies.


Saudi Arabia signs off on Artificial Intelligence policy – Government & civil service news

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The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) was set up by a Royal Decree in August 2019. The organisation oversees the National Data Management Office, the National Information Center and the National Center for Artificial Intelligence. "Data is the single most important driver of our growth and reform and we have a clear roadmap for transforming Saudi Arabia into a leading AI and data-driven economy," said Dr Abdullah bin Sharaf Al Ghamdi, president of SDAIA, according to regional news website gulfnews.com. The country is establishing a national data bank to consolidate more than 80 government datasets, the equivalent to 30 per cent of the government's digital assets. It is also planning to build one of the largest clouds in the region by merging 83 data centres owned by more than 40 government bodies.


AI helped limit spread of Covid-19 in the Gulf, experts hear

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Artificial intelligence has been vital in controlling the spread of the coronavirus in the Arabian Gulf, a health conference has been told. Technology has forecast the pandemic's development and informed residents when they have been in contact with infected individuals, the Riyadh Global Digital Health Summit heard. The summit was also told that the rapid growth in telemedicine – such as video or telephone consultations – is not likely to be reversed when the pandemic is over. However, experts cautioned that organisations were not doing enough to share vital data that could save lives and certain ethical concerns about the use of data had not been resolved. Dr Esam Al Wagait, director of Saudi Arabia's National Information Centre, said the Kingdom's artificial intelligence (AI) based Covid-19 Index had been crucial in forecasting the virus's spread locally, including which areas would be most heavily affected and how many people would fall ill.


GPT-3: What Is All the Fuss About?

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"GPT-3 is not a mind, but it is also not entirely a machine. It's something else: a statistically abstracted representation of the contents of millions of minds, as expressed in their writing." In recent years, the AI circus really has come to town and we've been treated to a veritable parade of technical aberrations seeking to dazzle us with their human-like intelligence. Many of these sideshows have been "embodied" AI, where the physical form usually functions as a cunning disguise for a clunky, pre-programmed bot. Like the world's first "AI anchor", launched by a Chinese TV network and -- how could we ever forget -- Sophia, Saudi Arabia's first robotic citizen.