Artificial intelligence (AI) solves real-world problems. Last year, we saw droves of regional businesses move to the cloud and, once there, realise that scalable, affordable smart technologies were within reach. Proofs of concept quickly followed, as did several success stories. And then, as AI grew in popularity, a concept that had largely been the subject of conversation among tech experts began to go mainstream. Hundreds of billions of dollars in commercial AI revenue is expected to flow to the Middle East by 2030, and contribute heavily to double-digit GDP growth, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reaping the most benefits, followed by Saudi Arabia.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The United States has joined the United Kingdom and Israel in accusing Iran of carrying out a deadly drone strike that killed two aboard a tanker off Oman. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the announcement in a statement Sunday. Blinken said: "Upon review of the available information, we are confident that Iran conducted this attack, which killed two innocent people, using one-way explosive (drones), a lethal capability it is increasingly employing throughout the region." He added that there was "no justification for this attack, which follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behavior."
"With the support of the Canadian Space Agency, Canadian scientists and engineers will be able to participate in near-term missions to the lunar surface," said Ewan Reid, president and chief executive of Mission Control. Reem Mohammed/The National The Emirates Lunar Mission logo as revealed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai. UAE's lunar mission also aims to study lunar soil, as well as dust. Reem Mohammed/The National The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre is carrying out the Emirates Lunar Mission. The Emirates Lunar Mission will also be provided with wired communication and power during the cruise phase and wireless communication on the lunar surface by iSpace.
Crime fighting is one of the activities that have tremendously benefited from the Middle East's welcoming approach towards technology. The UAE has developed intelligent monitoring to spot traffic violations and mind fingerprinting devices have been deployed to read the truth from a suspect's brain waves. Artificial intelligence has also become central to the the Emirati law and order machinery's growth over past few years, and the authorities in Dubai recently caught an international narco kingpin using video analytics. Promising a future with more of such smart solutions for public security, students in Dubai have created a system that can predict a crime, spot a criminal and prevent offences. Backed by computer vision, the high-tech version of surveillance tools is equipped for facial recognition, and can also identify a person's emotional state to trigger preemptive action.
Dubai-based producer and distributor SynProNize has acquired Arabic drama series Beirut Bride and Al Nihaya for distribution in Ghana and Pakistan respectively. Beirut Bride, from MENA broadcaster MBC, is a love story about a businessman and a nightclub singer whose relationship is scrutinised by society. From Egypt's Synergy Advertising, Al Nihaya (The End) is set in 2120, when the world has been ravaged and left in ruins. To set things right, a software engineer tries to counteract the impact of technology on the world. But everything changes when he meets a robot clone of himself.
Dubai police will be able to respond to an incident anywhere in the United Arab Emirates city within a minute, thanks to a network of pre-positioned drone bases. The quadcopters, supplied by Israeli company Airobotics, will operate from base stations during the Expo 2020 event starting in October this year, an exhibition said to be the third largest event in the world after the Olympics and the World Cup. The drones will reduce police response time from 4.4 minutes to 1 minute according to a tweet from Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Each base has a sliding roof that allows the drones to enter and exit. The drones can fly pre-programmed patrols, or be dispatched to a specific location, allowing an operator at police headquarters to inspect the scene, or follow a suspicious individual or vehicle and pass data to other police units.
The Middle East has already been the birthplace of a number of tech-led transport unicorns. Waze, a traffic and navigation app co-created in Israel, was acquired by Google in 2013 for over $1.1 billion. More recently, Uber purchased Careem, a regional ride-hailing app, for $3.1 billion. Opening a bank account for your business is not only necessary -- it's incredibly beneficial to running a smooth operation. Consider these recommendations from ZDNet.
The system can detect any movement that the prisoner makes, such as violence, quarrels, or anger etc. The face, hand movements or body movements can be analysed and a warning can be sent out about a prisoner even before he or he is about to commit an illegal act. It also studies and analyses facial expressions for the purpose. The Smart Monitoring' system uses AI and machine-learning algorithms.
After being largely restricted to sci-fi fantasies just a couple of decades back, robots are quickly becoming increasingly involved in everyday life. Countries including UAE and its neighbours have been able to welcome these smart droids into public spaces, hospitals and even households, thanks to a thriving digital infrastructure paired with a zeal to adopt innovative tech. Saudi Arabia had become the first country to identify a robot as the kingdom's citizen years back, and the pandemic saw rise of the machines as caregivers, companions for families and waiters in gulf countries. In a connected world where people are warming up to robots as assistants for everyday tasks, a firm in the UAE has introduced the country to its first robo-cleaner. The android called LeoMop can efficiently run cleaning ops for 17 hours every day, and offers environment friendly services in addition to hygiene.
The potential value added of artificial intelligence (AI) to businesses is undisputed, yet research confirms that most companies still struggle to capitalize on the technology. In a recent panel hosted by YPO member and Managing Director of Techstars Vijay Tirathrai and Jean-Philippe Linteau, Consul General of Canada in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, industry leaders from Canada and the Middle East shared insights on how organizations can leverage AI while mitigating risks. According to the International Data Corporation's latest release, worldwide revenues for the AI market are forecast to grow 16.4% year-over-year, reaching USD554.3 billion by 2024. Along with the U.S. and China, Canada is positioned to gain the most from this growth. "Canada has a thriving AI ecosystem, with world-leading research centers that have evolved into major hubs of AI, including Canada's supercluster project in Montreal, Scale AI," says Linteau. "Canada is now home to more than 800 AI companies, including more than 45 global tech multinationals, more than 60 investment groups, and 40-plus accelerators and incubators that focus on AI."