Dubai will soon be introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in its government sectors, a media report said. A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) smart lab will soon begin training government officials to implement AI in a wide variety of tasks that will make lives easier, reported Khaleej Times on Tuesday. The lab, launched on Monday during a workshop by the Smart Dubai Office (SDO) and Smart Dubai Government Establishment, will begin training a batch of 200 persons next month, but will later on be open to researchers, students and the general public, said the report. "To move towards the future, we have to redefine government and embed AI in our services. We have no choice but to embrace technology," said Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director-General of Smart Dubai Office.
The Smart Dubai Office and Smart Dubai Government Establishment launched an artificial intelligence (AI) smart laboratory to begin training of 200 people in April and later it will be open for visits to the general public too, the Khaleej Times newspaper reported. "To move towards the future, we have to redefine government and embed AI in our services. We have no choice but to embrace technology … We want to replace call centers and help parents choose schools for their children using cognitive computing," Aisha bint Butti bin Bishr, the director-general of Smart Dubai Office, was quoted as saying by the newspaper. According to the city officials, the artificial intelligence will not replace regular jobs and will not be responsible for the human interactions, but instead will be focused on helping people to fulfill their duties better by performing quick search through the archives and other operations, where the influence of human factor is likely to cause mistakes. Earlier in January, the Japanese Mitsubishi Research Institute said that the introduction of artificial intelligence machines in Japan is expected to create 5 million workplaces by 2030.
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.
"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.
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.