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Smart Dubai launches guidelines on ethical use of Artificial Intelligence

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"There is an understanding by governments, NGOs and the private sector that AI regulation is needed, but that the field is not yet mature enough to devise fixed rules to govern it. However, organisations still require guidance and regulators still need to begin to learn how to oversee this emerging technology, but without creating restrictions that could stifle innovation. Smart Dubai's Ethical AI Toolkit aims to provide advice in this area for all those involved in the AI sector," she added Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai.


Smart Dubai Partners with IBM on Local Blockchain Platform

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The Smart Dubai initiative, a campaign of the Dubai city government, has teamed up with global tech powerhouse IBM on a new blockchain. The platform is to facilitate local commerce, development of domestic blockchain projects, and bureaucratic digitization efforts. Also see: Hear, Hear! Cryptoverse Celebrates Bitcoin Whitepaper's First Decade Striving to actualize a paper-free local government by 2021, Smart Dubai and American multinational IBM have announced their collaboration on the Dubai Blockchain Platform, a distributed ledger that will leverage the IBM Cloud. The blockchain-as-a-service system will reportedly be deployed for the purposes of modernizing and digitizing both private commerce and public bureaucracy in Dubai, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. "Blockchain is steadily moving towards becoming a multibillion market by 2019 and we, at Smart Dubai, have successfully embedded the technology in numerous services, the latest of which was the advanced'Dubai Pay Blockchain Settlement and Reconciliation System,'" noted Wesam Lootah, chief executive officer at Smart Dubai.


Smart Dubai Targets Managers and Analysts in Big Data Analytics Workshops

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Smart Dubai has organised in-depth workshops on Big Data Analytics in collaboration with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Dubai – a satellite campus of the not-for-profit RIT New York – at the RIT campus in Dubai Silicon Oasis. The first workshop took place on June 26-28, 2018, targeting managers, while the second, held on July 3-5, was aimed at data professionals and analysts. A third workshop was organised for managers on July 8-10, following the great demand generated by the first event. The workshop drew significant participation from a wide range of government and private entities; in total, 49 participants graduated from the Managers Workshops, while 25 completed the Analysts Workshop. "Data is at the very core of any smart city transformation," asserted Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General of the Smart Dubai Office (SDO) and CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment.


Dubai rolls out Master's degree in data analytics

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Dubai: Smart Dubai, in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), has developed a Master of Science (MSc) in Data Analytics programme, Dubai Media Office announced on Monday. The programme, which has secured accreditation from the Ministry of Education, tackles the increasingly influential field of data, which has become the cornerstone of advanced services and smart city transformations around the world, Dubai Media Office said. Described as the first-of-its-kind in the region, the programme is now open for registration until September 30, with the official launch set for the first week of October. The 11-month programme, comprising of 33 semester credit hours, was developed following an agreement signed between Smart Dubai and the Rochester Institute of Technology in Dubai (RIT Dubai) in July 2017. Under the agreement, Smart Dubai developed the main objectives of the initiative and led the charge in securing scientific accreditation for the programme.


In a first, Mideast hub Dubai eases liquor rules for Ramadan

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The taxes haven't slowed down drinkers. In 2014, the United Arab Emirates saw 67.2 million liters (17.8 million gallons) of beer and 20 million liters (5 million gallons) of spirits sold. That's according to research firm Euromonitor International, which also forecast that by 2019, a total of 91.2 million liters (24 million gallons) of beer and 27 million liters (7 million gallons) of spirits will be sold in the UAE.