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Saudis launch national artificial intelligence strategy

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Saudi Arabia on Wednesday launched a national artificial intelligence strategy aimed at making it a global leader in the field as it seeks to diversify its oil-based economy. The National Strategy for Data and Artificial Intelligence (NSDAI) will seek to attract $20 billion in foreign and local investments by 2030, a NSDAI statement said. Speaking at the opening of the kingdom's Global AI Summit, the head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) – which will spearhead the NSDAI strategy – said Riyadh would announce several AI partnerships. "Saudi Arabia will implement a multi-phase, multi-faceted plan that includes skills, policy and regulation, investment, research and innovation, and ecosystem development," the statement said. Saudi Arabia is pushing to diversify its economy away from oil, boost the private sector and create more jobs for Saudis under its "Vision 2030" plan.


Saudi launches national artificial intelligence strategy – IAM Network

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By Reuters Staff1 Min ReadAbdullah Bin Sharaf Alghamdi, President of Saudi Data and Al Authority, speaks during the Global Al Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 21, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed YosriDUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia on Wednesday launched a National Strategy for Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and will announce several AI partnerships, the head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) said.Speaking at the opening of the kingdom's Global AI Summit, Abdullah bin Sharaf Alghamdi said Saudi wants to establish itself as a global centre for data and AI.Reporting by Aziz El Yaakoubi and Lisa Barrington, editing by Louise Heavens


Saudi Arabia Partners with World Bank to Ensure No Nation Left Behind on AI

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Saudi Arabia and the World Bank announced on Wednesday a long-term partnership to accelerate the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in developing nations in support of economic and development goals. Director of the National Information Center (NIC) Esam bin Abdullah Alwagait said: "Through this partnership with the World Bank, Saudi Arabia aims to help all countries of the world to unlock the value of Artificial Intelligence and to share the benefits of data-driven decision-making to support economic and social growth. "Data and AI are at the heart of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, and through the development of our own AI agenda and policies, we have developed skills and resources that we want to share to ensure that all nations are equally prepared to harness the value of AI." World Bank Vice President of Infrastructure Makhtar Diop stated: "This initiative aims to help governments harness AI technologies while adopting the appropriate safeguards for ensuring privacy and protection as well as inclusivity and unbiased algorithms." Saudi Arabia unveiled on Wednesday its new National Strategy for Data and Artificial Intelligence (NSDAI) which will make the Kingdom a global leader in AI by 2030. The National Strategy, which will be led by the Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA), was officially launched at the inaugural Global AI Summit in Riyadh.


Saudis launch national artificial intelligence strategy

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Wednesday launched a national artificial intelligence strategy aimed at making it a global leader in the field as it seeks to diversify its oil-based economy. The National Strategy for Data and Artificial Intelligence (NSDAI) will seek to attract $20 billion in foreign and local investments by 2030, a NSDAI statement said. Speaking at the opening of the kingdom's Global AI Summit, the head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) - which will spearhead the NSDAI strategy - said Riyadh would announce several AI partnerships. "Saudi Arabia will implement a multi-phase, multi-faceted plan that includes skills, policy and regulation, investment, research and innovation, and ecosystem development," the statement said. Saudi Arabia is pushing to diversify its economy away from oil, boost the private sector and create more jobs for Saudis under its "Vision 2030" plan.


Under Auspices of Crown Prince, Inaugural Global Artificial Intelligence Summit Kicks off in Riyadh

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, sponsored in Riyadh on Wednesday the launch of the inaugural Global Artificial Intelligence Summit (GAIS). The two-day "AI for the Good of Humanity" is organized by the Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA) and G20 Saudi Secretariat as part of The International Conferences Program, honoring the G20 Saudi presidency year 2020. The event is the world's premier platform for dialogue that brings together over 200 stakeholders from public sector, academia and private sector, including technology companies, investors, entrepreneurs and startups to shape the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Global AI Summit will be a unique global opportunity to explore what the new global era means to AI, how AI's transformational potential can be best used to create a better future for all, and what this means for policy and decision makers interested in leveraging the potential, for the good of humanity. Proceedings of the summit will be streamed through its platforms on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.


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.


Why would Iran issue an arrest warrant for Trump?

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On June 30, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's address to the UN Security Council calling for an arms embargo on Iran to be extended was expected to dominate the international news agenda. However, Iran's judiciary stole the morning's headlines by issuing an arrest warrant for Donald Trump the day before. Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday that Trump, along with more than 30 others accused of involvement in the January 3 drone attack that killed Iran's top general, Qassem Soleimani, face "murder and terrorism charges". The prosecutor added that Tehran asked Interpol for help in detaining the US president. The same day, the US special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, denounced the warrant as a "propaganda stunt" at a press conference in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.


Artificial Intelligence to add more than $133bn to Saudi Arabia's GDP

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RIYADH: Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to contribute an estimated SR500 billion ($133 billion) to the Kingdom's gross domestic product by 2030, according to the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA). The SDAIA was launched last August by royal decree and is responsible for overseeing the country's data and AI strategy through the National Data Management Office, the National Information Center, and the National Center for Artificial Intelligence. The SDAIA said the value of Saudi Arabia's data and AI economy was currently estimated at between SR15 - 20 billion, and that there was an opportunity to generate additional revenues and savings of over SR40 billion by harnessing data insights to help guide government decisions. "We have witnessed firsthand 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," Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi, president of the SDAIA, said at a launch event for the authority's new logo. The SDAIA seeks to place the Kingdom among the world's leading economies by adopting AI.


Saudi Arabia Sponsors AI Artathon CloudWedge

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So far, humans have accepted that artificial intelligence systems can perform many of the rote tasks that humans find tedious and time-consuming. However, the consensus is that AI can't produce art that's engaging and moving. Saudi Arabia aims to give AI a chance to "express" itself artistically at their AI Artathon. The event, which starts in January 2020, offers AI experts and artists the opportunity to produce works of art using AI techniques and methodologies. It's a precursor to the Global AI Summit, which is scheduled to take place in Riyadh on 30th-31st March 2020.


Middle Eastern Cities Prepare For An Age Of AI

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Looking at the extent to which the long-term development of a city is becoming aligned with the requirements for its future success in an age of AI, as well as the city's recent progress, Riyadh, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi are all performing above average, in large part because of moves that the cities have made this decade to diversify their economies. Indeed, government-led AI-related initiatives in all three cities are setting an example for the world. The UAE appointed the world's first state minister for artificial intelligence. More recently, Saudi Arabia set up the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, which aims to boost digitization in the country's government and businesses. And all three cities are actively examining ways to adopt new technologies and to recruit leading AI research labs and innovators.