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Dubai school ties up with MIT for first-of-its-kind artificial intelligence curriculum

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Under the project, students will learn a customised version -- unique to the project -- of the popular programming language Scratch. They will also use MIT App Inventor that runs on Android devices and work on developing a robot kit in conjunction with Chromebooks. Students will study CT (computational thinking), the cornerstone computer science discipline that renders complex problems simple so that humans and computers can understand the possible solutions. This includes'pattern recognition', looking for similarities among data, and writing algorithms -- a step-by-step guide to solving a problem or task. Pupils will also learn skills such as'debugging' to identify and remove software or hardware errors and practises like'tinkering' to innovate and build on experimental models or prototypes.


UAE gets American drones as China ramps up sales

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The White House's recent decision to allow the sale of advanced weapons systems to the United Arab Emirates highlights the deliberate shift in US policy towards the UAE after it signed "normalisation" accords with Israel. Why would the UAE want American drones as it already has dozens of Chinese armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in its inventory? And why has the United States now agreed to these sales, overcoming its traditional reticence to sell sophisticated weapons to other countries? Chinese armed drones have made a significant effect on the battlefields across the Middle East and North Africa. They have been used to assassinate Houthi rebel leaders in Yemen, kill ISIL-affiliated fighters in the Sinai, and for a time help Khalifa Haftar dominate the battlespace in Libya.


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.


UAE, Israeli Educational Institution Sign Artificial Intelligence MoU

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The United Arab Emirates' Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have agreed to work together, UAE state news agency WAM said on Sunday. The memorandum of understanding follows the UAE's decision a month ago to normalize relations with Israel. Both countries have said they hope normalized ties will bring economic and technological benefits. The MoU is the first signed between Israeli and UAE higher education bodies, WAM said, intending to "advance the development and use of artificial intelligence as a tool for progress. Spheres of possible collaboration include academic exchanges, conferences, sharing computing resources and the establishment of a joint virtual institute for artificial intelligence, WAM said.


UAE, Israeli educational institutions sign artificial intelligence MoU: WAM

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DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates' Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have agreed to work together, UAE state news agency WAM said on Sunday. The memorandum of understanding follows the UAE's decision a month ago to normalize relations with Israel. Both countries have said they hope normalised ties will bring economic and technological benefits. The MoU is the first signed between Israeli and UAE higher education bodies, WAM said, intending to "advance the development and use of artificial intelligence as a tool for progress". Spheres of possible collaboration include academic exchanges, conferences, sharing computing resources and the establishment of a joint virtual institute for artificial intelligence, WAM said.


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.


Machine learning helps Dubai plan better bus routes - Cities Today - Connecting the world's urban leaders

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Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is exploring the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to plot more efficient bus routes based on how they are used throughout the day. Machine learning (ML) algorithms could eventually inform updates to 150 routes used by 2,158 buses across Dubai, the RTA said. The authority trialled the system on ten public bus routes over thirty days, using Nol Card (Dubai's public transport smart card) data to understand patterns such as which bus stops were busy all day, which were primarily used during peak hours and those that were rarely used. The one-month trial cut wasted time on bus routes by 13.3 percent, the RTA reports. Ahmed Mahboub, Executive Director of Smart Services, Corporate Technology Support Services Sector, RTA, commented: "By using machine learning algorithms in analysing the captured data, departments can build up systems and take decisions with reference to abolishing certain stops, or proposing an express service that skips those stops, while ensuring customer needs are always addressed. Such a process will contribute to improving this vital service."


RTA experiments with AI, machine learning algorithms in bus routes

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A bus waits at a stop in Dubai. Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started experimenting the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies (machine learning algorithms) in plotting bus routes in Dubai, based on the extent of usage throughout the day. The step is part of RTA's endeavours to apply technology in saving the time and effort of all parties and improving the experience of public transport riders. "The use of artificial intelligence technology, such as machine learning algorithms, in planning the routes of public buses aims to revamp the planning of 150 routes used by 2,158 buses all over Dubai. During a trial period, RTA experimented the use of technology on 10 routes where nol card data was employed to figure out all-day busy bus stops, stops used during peak hours, and rarely used stops," said Ahmed Mahboub, Executive Director of Smart Services, Corporate Technology Support Services Sector, RTA.


RTA uses AI, Machine Learning in planning bus routes based on usage

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Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started experimenting the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies (machine learning …


Take Our Virtual Trip to Mars - Issue 89: The Dark Side

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If you sit down with pencil, paper, and enough of an aptitude for orbital dynamics you'll soon discover that the easiest, most efficient trajectories to take us from Earth to a place like Mars involve great elliptical arcs around the sun. But these pathways (called Hohmann transfer orbits) require good timing, so that when we arrive at the orbit of Mars the planet is also there at that precise moment and not tens of thousands of miles away. Consequently, there is a season for going to Mars, and this year sees no less than three missions vying for a chance to explore another world, and launching within weeks of each other. The United Arab Emirates Space Agency has its Hope orbiter (aiming to study Mars's atmosphere), China has the Tainwen-1 mission (with no less than an orbiter, a lander, and a rover) and the United States has NASA's Mars 2020, consisting of the rover Perseverance and a helicopter demonstrator called Ingenuity. It begins like a classic romance: Two black holes meet.