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.
Congress has released previously classified documents about whether the Saudi government had a role in the 9/11 attacks. The pages show no officials links between the Saudi government and the hijackers who killed nearly 3,000 people in New York. However, the report found it was likely that the attackers had financial help from people inside the kingdom. An independent panel completed the 9/11 Commission Report in 2002. But several pages - informally known as "the 28 Pages" - were withheld from the public for 13 years, fuelling speculation about their contents.
Meet Sophia, a robot who made her first public appearance in the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh on Monday. But as pictures and videos of Sophia began circulating on social media many started to ask why a robot already seemed to have secured more rights than women in the country. "It is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with citizenship." Please welcome the newest Saudi: Sophia. Sophia, created by Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics, addressed the audience in English without the customary headscarf and abaya, a traditional cloak which Saudi women are obliged to wear in public.