Artificial intelligence will be the main focus of this year's World Government Summit as Dubai aims to transform itself into the most digitally-savvy city. Beyond smart cities, AI is seen as a key pillar in providing services across the board. "Every phone will be like a personal computer," said Hussain Lootah, director general at the emirate's municipality. "Providing it in hardware and robotics will maintain the city's landscape too – we plant 70 million flowers every year but AI will help save us a lot of time. We will also have'smart canes' for the elderly and disabled."
As writer William Gibson put it: "The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed." Many of us are interacting with artificial intelligence (AI) on a daily basis, from Netflix recommending our next binge-watch to Uber connecting us with the closest available driver or online chatbots helping to solve our customer service issues. Increasingly, cities too are looking to AI to improve services for residents and streamline operations, and at a recent workshop I attended at the Smart City InFocus event in Yinchuan, China, city leaders clearly pinpointed AI as the most "impactful" and "disruptive" technology (or set of technologies) that they need to respond to. Such is the perceived importance that last month, the United Arab Emirates government launched its AI Strategy and appointed its first Minister for AI. The 2031 strategy targets using AI to "disrupt government", eyeing a $15.7 trillion global economic opportunity by 2030, a 50 per cent reduction in government costs and massively increased resistance to financial crises.
The UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been launched by vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as the government looks to technology boost workplace efficiency. It is hoped the new strategy – the first of its kind in the region – will speed up the government's performance and "create a conducive creative environment" encouraging higher productivity. The government said it would invest in AI and its applications across multiple domains, with the strategy forming part of the UAE Centennial 2070 objectives. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said that AI was "the new wave after the Smart Government upon which all our services, sectors and future infrastructure will rely on". He added that AI applications would generate revenues and provide fresh opportunities for the national economy.
Dubai: The UAE Artificial Intelligence strategy was launched to boost government performance, the rate of accomplishing achievements. The strategy will create a highly productive innovative environment by investing in advanced technologies and AI tools that will be implemented in all fields of work. The strategy was launched on Monday by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The UAE AI strategy will seek to invest all capabilities in an ideal way, in addition to utilising resources, human and financial capabilities in a constructive manner that will quicken the execution of future programmes and development projects. Launching the strategy, Shaikh Mohammad said: "The UAE Centennial begins now, with the launch of massive projects such as the AI strategy to set up the basis for the coming phase.
The city of Dubai will have 200 self-driving Tesla taxis, including Tesla's Model S pictured here, on its roads by 2020 Tesla announced an updated version of their autopilot hardware in December last year, named HW2. The latest update pushes Tesla's autopilot capabilities even further towards full automation, enabling Level 5 automation of vehicles. The purchase is part of the'Dubai Smart Autonomous Mobility Strategy aimed at transforming 25 per cent of total journeys in Dubai into autonomous journeys by 2030,' Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the RTA, told Gulf News. Tesla has sold 200 Model S and Model X (pictured) cars to the United Arab Emirates government, where Dubai could become home to the world's first self-driving car fleet The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.
He mentioned that the systems are monitored and managed through the Smart Traffic Systems Center, which will be a key element in making the city of Abu Dhabi a secure smart city. Al Harithi explained that the center is linked to several systems such as the "Smart Towers" system which will alert drivers on motorways through changing electronic messages, "catching red light runners," "traffic safety management," "analyzing traffic accidents," "smart traffic awareness," and "diversions and heavy truck management." He noted the implementation of a future vision by establishing a unit for research and development that works on receiving and developing internal and external research to develop future projects. This will happen through cooperation with partners and universities to develop innovative traffic projects that aim to raise the level of traffic safety to make roads safer.