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Artificial Intelligence's Power, and Risks, Explored in New Report - Market Brief

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Picture this: a small group of middle school students are learning about ancient Egypt, so they strap on a virtual reality headset and, with the assistance of an artificial intelligence tour guide, begin to explore the Pyramids of Giza. The teacher, also journeying to one of the oldest known civilizations via a VR headset, has assigned students to gather information to write short essays. During the tour, the AI guide fields questions from students and points them to specific artifacts and discuss what they see. In preparing the AI-powered lesson on Egypt, the teacher beforehand would have worked with the AI program to craft a lesson plan that not only dives deep into the subject, but figures out how to keep the group moving through the virtual field trip and how to create more equal participation during the discussion. In that scenario, the AI listens, observes and interacts naturally to enhance a group learning experience, and to make a teacher's job easier.


All the Assassin's Creed games, ranked

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You play as Templars (the antagonists of the series) who are training by using the Animus, learning how to hunt and kill assassins, which is a neat twist. It's a game of cat and mouse: you're given a target to track and kill while other players are hunt you as well. The premise is so unique, and so satisfyingly tense. I can't think of any other multiplayer experience that put so many resources into building a compelling stealth experience to play with friends. I loved being able to sneak up to a target and poison them silently, then watch them collapse like a rag doll moments later.


Egypt's Sisi orders applying AI technology in constructions projects - Politics - Egypt

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El-Sisi called for upgrading post offices nationwide, as well as automating the litigation system as per the "Digital Egypt Justice" strategy, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement following the meeting. El-Sisi demanded the "immediate" start of the "Digital Egypt" initiative, which he said would directly contribute to the country's efforts in digital transformation, and enhance the digital skills of human resources to provide Egyptians with quality digitised services. Minister Talaat reviewed the latest developments concerning launching a platform for urban community models that are meant to govern the construction system in Egypt and deter building violations and land transgressions. The meeting also touched upon the latest domestic projects in electronic design and manufacturing, which is part of the state's vision to assist companies that work in the field to reach international markets, attract direct foreign investments and enhance electronic trade, according to the statement. The meeting also discussed the situation of other national projects in the communications and information technology sectors.


Ericsson's AI and Analytics hub hits software milestone in Egypt

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Swedish tech giant Ericsson has announced that its Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Analytics Hub in Egypt shipped its first Cognitive Software to be used by Ericsson customers worldwide in the design and optimisation of their networks. Ericsson's research and development hub focuses on R&D in the fields of AI and Automation, leveraging cutting-edge technologies to create data-driven, intelligent and robust systems for automation, evolution and growth. "We are excited to reach this milestone and deliver a top-notch technological innovation through our local talent in Egypt. Our AI & Analytics Hub both leverages and collaborates with our customers in order to collectively drive industrialization of new opportunities while enabling access to world-class talent from which we can recruit," said Eva Andren, vice president and head of managed services at Ericsson Middle East and Africa. The hub showcases Ericsson's commitment towards the local Egyptian market and aims to develop local talent in advanced technology areas of Artificial Intelligence and software.


Will the unrest in Libya and NATO's schism drag US back into conflict?

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It is nearly nine years since the death of Muammar al-Gaddafi, splintering Libya into a protracted conflict of contested rulers and warring militias. For more than a year now, Libya's U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital of Tripoli has been under attack by forces loyal to the rogue General Khalifa Haftar, who heads his own Libyan National Army (LNA) which controls swaths in the east of the country, including the city of Benghazi. While the GNA is supported by the United Nations, Turkey and – at least initially – the United States, the LNA gets its military might from Russia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and, more quietly, France. On June 3, GNA-linked troops squeezed the LNA out of Tripoli's International Airport and proceeded to take back nearby cities, including Tarhouna and oilfields in Sharara, after months of Haftar-led occupation. The fighting has since progressed to Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown and onetime home base for ISIS in the region.


MBZUAI delegation discusses cooperation on AI with Egyptian Higher Education Institutions

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ABU DHABI, 4th March, 2020 (WAM) -- A senior delegation from the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, MBZUAI, the world's first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence university, recently discussed potential collaboration opportunities with Egypt's educational institutions during a recent visit to the country. The visit - organised by Egypt's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the UAE Embassy in Cairo - touched upon the importance of the exchange of students and knowledge in the field of artificial intelligence, AI, to provide reciprocal benefits for the UAE and Egypt. Led by Professor Ling Shao, Executive Vice President and Provost, Assistant Professor Dr. Hang Dai, and Reem Al Orfali, Director of Student Affairs, the MBZUAI delegation met with representatives from the Supreme Council of Universities to demonstrate the breadth of the University's education and research facilities. The meeting emphasised the value of enabling both countries' plans to develop AI capacity for economic and societal empowerment. Discussions with the Supreme Council of Universities, as well as University deans, head of departments, and faculty members during the visit included joint research projects that would further the use of AI in healthcare and Arabic language processing amongst other fields, creating joint AI labs and a collaborative AI competition, exchanging professors, co-advising students, and the potential for summer and winter schools in AI, as well as exploring the scope for offering dual or joint degrees.


Artificial Intelligence in the Spotlight

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CAIRO - 12 February 2020: "We are entering the cognitive age. Over the next 25 years, advanced AI [Artificial Intelligence] will be the central element of digital transformation that fundamentally changes how businesses operate," Executive Vice President of global consulting firm Protiviti, Cory Gunderson, once said. Protiviti argues in a report that artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are poised to help companies make dramatic shifts in performance, shareholder value and business development within the next two years. "AI opens the door to analyse massive amounts of data and deliver critical insights that organisations across a wide variety of industries can use to improve processes, drive profitability, and increase their competitive advantage," it stated. The research concluded that companies leading the charge with advanced AI are finding that it is a real game changer, while companies that are still lagging behind will soon experience a major disadvantages.


Egypt sets its sights on artificial intelligence

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Interest in artificial intelligence is on the rise in Egypt as enterprises embrace emerging technology to expand into new markets, investors back AI startups and government initiatives support education and awareness of the technology. There is mounting evidence that private enterprise is embracing AI. Recently, for example, AI and anlytics vendor fonYou partnered with a mobile operator in Egypt to use its AI module to reach the unbanked, and Widebot just raised a six-figure (USD) Pre-Series A investment for its Arabic language chatbot. Meanwhile, the government is looking to develop AI capabilities in a number of ways, including launching its first AI faculty at Kafr El Sheikh University. Egypt is aiming to have 7.7 percent of its GDP derived through AI by 2030, a figure touted in the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report, The Potential Impact of AI in the Middle East.


Reporter's Notebook: Behind the Scenes of a Fair-Trade AI Data Story

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I envisioned an old Cadillac with massive Texas longhorns adorning the hood meandering along a dusty road. This road was in Egypt, and Stringfield was behind the wheel, sweat glistening on his brow as he hauled a load of freshly-baked sesame seed bagels. No, I hadn't been experimenting with some designer hallucinogen. But my conversation with him, as happens with particularly captivating sources, conjured evocative concepts and imagery, the kind of stuff that begs to be illustrated in word pictures. Thing is, although his latest enterprise encompassed many of the issues I aimed to address in my most recent feature story in MIT Technology Review -- such as fair labor in the AI industry, data ethics and the future of work -- his background as a former Halliburton executive who became a bagel-making entrepreneur during his time in Cairo as an HR consultant with the oil giant never made it into the story.


AI Portraits Ars The experience of being portrayed by the world's greatest artists.

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In the early 1500s Lorenzo Lotto and Giovan Battista Moroni began the psychological analysis through portraiture. From this moment, the focus on the sitter's identity becomes the leitmotif in the history of portrait. Portraits interpret the external beauty, social status, and then go beyond our body and face. A portrait becomes a psychological analysis and a deep reflection on our existence. AI Portraits Ars uses Artificial Intelligence to reproduce artistic human portraits, with different styles and levels of abstraction.