Sharjah Taxi, a subsidiary of Sharjah Asset Management Company, investment arm of the government of Sharjah, has launched the first-of-its-kind smart taxi in the Middle East, with the chief goal being to employ artificial intelligence services to be utilised in vehicle operations and safety. The smart vehicles have been fitted with sensors, cameras, a mobile data unit and other devices connected to an'integrated system for control mechanisms'. Intelligent transport systems use contemporary technology in the areas of surveillance, data collection, control and means of communication. The arrangement helps regulate the flow of traffic, simplify access to key places, oversee driver behaviour, lessen wrong practices, and reduce metre manipulations. As a result, the number of trips and total squandered kilometres are reduced, ultimately decreasing the rate of road accidents and pollution, whilst raising operational competence.
In the wake of the technological industry, information technology and artificial intelligence are mere buzzwords that are often applied interchangeably. There's no doubt that artificial intelligence has proven its supremacy by reviving the space of information technology. After all, isn't it amazing how integration has revolutionized the IT industry into smart systems in the blink of an eye? Presently, the scope of Information Technology is unbeatable since it's all about software, data transmission systems and digital gadgets. Whether it's an LED display at Hikvision in Dubai or video wall suppliers in another state, this incorporation needs no introduction.
There are many grand promises about the power of artificial intelligence. When we talk about the future of technology, AI has become so ubiquitous that many people don't even know what artificial intelligence is any more. That's particularly concerning given how advanced the technology has become and who controls it. While some might think of AI in terms of thinking robots or something in a science-fiction novel, the fact is that advanced AI already influences a great deal of our lives. From smart assistants to grammar extensions that live in our Web browsers, AI code is already embedded into the fabric of the Internet.
The long-term potential of AI to change key aspects of the way we live and to support the operation of businesses, governments, and other organizations is hard to grasp. But even today, existing and proven AI applications can potentially create value for economies and societies around the world. Indeed, AI has contributed to improvements in quality of life for all segments of society through innovations such as predictive healthcare, adaptive education, and optimized crisis response. Angela Spatharou, Solveigh Hieronimus, and Jonathan Jenkins, "Transforming healthcare with AI: The impact on the workforce and organizations," McKinsey, March 10, 2020; Jake Bryant, Christine Heitz, Saurabh Sanghvi, and Dilip Wagle, "How artificial intelligence will impact K-12 teachers," McKinsey, January 14, 2020; "Applying artificial intelligence for social good," McKinsey, November 28, 2018. The National Health Service in the United Kingdom, for instance, set up a National COVID-19 Chest Imaging Database containing a shared library of chest X-rays, CT scans, and MRI images to support the testing and development of AI technologies to treat COVID-19 and a variety of other health conditions. 2 2. "SMART box boosts regional data to the NCCID," NHS England, April 1, 2021.
Cruise is making good on its promise to launch an autonomous driving service in Dubai. Just a few weeks after the General Motors-backed AV company officially launched its commercial driverless operations in San Francisco, Cruise has sent two of its autonomous Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles to Dubai to begin mapping the city in preparation for a planned launch in 2023, according to Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Last April, Cruise signed a partnership agreement with the RTA to open a robotaxi service there as part of UAE ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's vision to convert 25% of total transportation trips in Dubai to self-driving trips by 2030. After a "comprehensive, multi-year process to choose the best possible partner," Cruise was chosen as Dubai's exclusive robotaxi provider until 2029. The two Chevy Bolts, which began mapping operations Sunday, will initially be deployed in the Jumeirah area of the city, a residential strip along the beach, and driven by humans with special training.
The Dubai Metaverse Strategy was launched with the goal of making Dubai one of the top ten metaverse economies and a global hub for the metaverse community. His Majesty Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed emphasised the importance of consolidating Dubai's status as a hub offering the most advanced metaverse ecosystem and as a global leader in adopting digital solutions, which reflects His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's ambitious vision of transforming the emirate into a global capital of advanced technologies, primarily artificial intelligence (AI) and Web3. The strategy aims to build on Dubai's success in attracting over 1,000 blockchain and metaverse companies. It also promotes Dubai's goal of supporting over 40,000 virtual jobs by 2030. This would further boost Dubai's economy and support the UAE government's goal of tripling the current number of blockchain companies.
Realiste, a leading AI developer in the real estate market has finally launched in the Middle East, changing the real-estate and housing landscape using the latest advanced technologies within all operations. Realiste is an AI-based real estate market development company committed to providing users with accurate and timely market value appraisals. The company's mission is to digitise the real estate market of every major city across the world, while offering free access to appraisals and personalised recommendations. Since launching in December 2021 it has established operations in Riyadh, Dubai, London, New York, and Moscow and are planning more expansions in the next year. Realiste has successfully fielded an application capable of monitoring the market round-the-clock and displaying the true value of real estate, as well as predicting price movements of properties for the next 6 to 12 months.
As part of ongoing efforts to diversify their economies and build a platform for sustainable future growth, MENA nations are increasingly turning towards artificial intelligence (AI). A slew of recent investment and initiatives – primarily in academia and the government, but also in the private sector – has reinvigorated interest from industry leaders around the globe in the potential for AI to strengthen the efficiency and sustainability of MENA economies. According to a report from the Economist Impact Unit (EIU) and Google published earlier this year, AI could bring about an additional $320bn in economic growth in the MENA region by 2030. Many long-term economic strategies in the region target high-value sectors with the potential to benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution – a raft of technological advancements in AI, data and cloud computing that merge the physical, digital and biological worlds. In recent years the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt have published ambitious, government-driven strategies to develop AI.
Humans are not going to be completely replaced by technology in the UAE, said Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications. "We don't believe in the UAE that humans are going to be completely replaced by technology… We have seen certain sectors that have completely transformed such as aviation, automobiles, and transport as well. They are increasingly becoming technology-driven sectors and no longer dependent on humans," Al Olama said at the launch of the National Digital Talent Programme. Launched by Emirates NBD, the programme will nurture a pool of 300 young future-ready interns over the next four years. The programme has been launched in cooperation with the Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications Office, Higher Colleges of Technology and the University of Sharjah.