Goto

Collaborating Authors

Riyadh Province


KSA signs AI agreement with Dell Technologies

#artificialintelligence

RIYADH: The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) signed an agreement with the American multinational computer company Dell Technologies, combining the two organizations' expertise in emerging technologies to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the Kingdom. As Saudi Arabia aims to diversify its economy away from oil under Saudi Vision 2030, it is stepping up efforts to drive innovation and the use of AI. As part of this agreement, SDAIA will be provided with consulting services that will help them leverage solutions within AI, cloud, data analytics and enterprise storage, as part of the Kingdom's digital transformation. "This strategic collaboration will also witness an exchange of industry best practices and expertise needed to develop integrated projects that will serve the needs of public sector entities' technology across Saudi Arabia," SDAIA and Dell said in a joint statement. The agreement was signed last week during GITEX Technology Week 2020 in Dubai between Dr. Esam Al-Wagait, director of Saudi Arabia's National Information Center (NIC), and Mohammed Amin, senior vice president of Dell's Middle East wing.


Saudi Arabia to invest more than $5bn in artificial intelligence by 2030

#artificialintelligence

Saudi Arabia is planning to invest more than 20 billion riyals ($5.3 billion) in artificial intelligence by 2030, Chairman of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) Abdullah Bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi announced yesterday. "We aim to train 20,000 specialists in artificial intelligence by 2030," Al-Ghamdi told reporters on the sidelines of the media centre program of the G20 summit, which is currently being held in the kingdom's capital city of Riyadh. The Saudi official pointed out that the kingdom was the third country in the world to use technology to combat the coronavirus, stressing that artificial intelligence was a: "Source of savings and an additional source of income worth investing." This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


Saudi Arabia eyeing AI future ahead of G20 summit

#artificialintelligence

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will be a global artificial intelligence (AI) leader by 2030, a prominent Saudi expert has said. Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi, president of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), made the comments during a media briefing on shaping new frontiers at the International Media Center in Riyadh ahead of the G20 Leaders' Summit. Last year, the authority developed the Estishraf Platform, an AI-based platform that utilizes data to create diversified insights and respond to the top priorities of decision-makers in Saudi Arabia. "Through this platform we were able to earn revenues amounting to SR43 billion ($11.5 billion), only in 2019," said Al-Ghamdi. "Undoubtedly, this is an excellent indicator for the great opportunities the national economy is waiting for after AI has become a knowledge-based economy."


Saudi Arabia signs artificial intelligence agreements

#artificialintelligence

The agreements followed the announcement of Saudi Arabia's National Strategy for Data and Artificial Intelligence, launched during the Global AI Summit Saudi Arabia has signed a series of partnership agreements with international tech companies to advance artifical intelligence (AI) in the kingdom. The agreements, which were rigned at the virtual Global AI Summit held in Riyadh, are underpinned by Saudi Arabia's newly-launched National Strategy for Data and Artificial Intelligence (NSDAI). Saudi Arabia's National Center for Artificial Intelligence (NCAI) announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China's Huawei to enable strategic cooperation on the kingdom's National AI Capability Development Program. Under the MoU, Huawei will support the NCAI to train Saudi AI engineers and students, and to address Arabic language AI-related capabilities. NCAI and Huawei will also explore the creation of an AI Capability Platform to localise technology solutions.


Saudis launch national artificial intelligence strategy

#artificialintelligence

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

#artificialintelligence

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

#artificialintelligence

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

#artificialintelligence

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

#artificialintelligence

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

#artificialintelligence

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.