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.
"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 impact of the Internet of Things on Smart Cities could reach 1.6 trillion by 2025, according to experts set to speak at the Gitex Technology Week, the region's largest annual IT trade fair, in Dubai, UAE. The opportunities include 800 billion in transportation and 700 billion in healthcare, they added, citing a recent report by the research firm McKinsey Global Institute. The 36th edition of Gitex Technology Week runs from October 16 to 20 at Dubai World Trade Centre. Since its launch in 2014, with a mandate to make Dubai the happiest city on earth, enabled by smart technology, Smart Dubai has completed the first phase of its city transformation. Other significant milestones in the past year include: completing phase one as the first pilot city for the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union global Smart City index, and announcing the Smart Dubai Platform, the "digital backbone" of the city.
The Smart Dubai Office (SDO) has participated in two prominent Ramadan Majlis', where it introduced attendees to its portfolio of initiatives and services that seek to transform Dubai into the happiest and smartest city on earth. His Excellency Younus Al Nasser, SDO Assistant Director General, and H.E. Wesam Lootah, CEO at the Smart Dubai Government Establishment (SDG), led the delegation to the Jamal Al-Hai Majlis on May 29, and the Ahmad Al Shaikh Majlis on June 5, 2018. "Smart Dubai is committed to maintaining open and constant communication with other influential entities in the UAE, as well as with the general public," asserted H.E. Younus Al Nasser. "These Majlis sessions are an ideal communication platform, allowing us to engage with high-profile national figures that organise and attend them, all the while celebrating the opportunity to come together during the Holy Month of Ramadan. We had the honour and pleasure of introducing our hosts and their guests to the SDO's latest projects – as well as established flagship initiatives – that seek to harmonise nation-wide efforts, promote happiness, and transform Dubai into a world-leading smart city."