Artificial intelligence a 'tremendous opportunity', says Du CEO

Dubai telco CEO Osman Sultan says AI doesn't have to pose a threat
Du CEO Osman Sultan acknowledged the concerns of citizens about the pace of technological change, and its potential for “dehumanisation”.
By Jeremy Lawrence
Mon 12 Feb 2018 03:05 PM

Du CEO Osman Sultan, speaking to the World Government Summit this morning, said artificial intelligence can be a “tremendous opportunity” if the right conversations take place about its benefits and risks, .

The telco boss acknowledged the concerns of citizens about the pace of technological change, and its potential for “dehumanisation”.

However, he reassured that “We have the time to plan this properly.”

“We are a proud partner of Dubai Smart City. We have a Minister of AI. We have a Minister of Happiness and a Minister of Tolerance. They are all talking. Hopefully this will ensure a balance so that we seize the opportunity and avoid the downsides,” he told the audience.

Sultan said that the world has moved from an era of “unshared certainties” to a period of hyper-connectivity, characterised by “shared uncertainties”.

He also noted that fear of change has always accompanied technological innovation, but that the downsides are “regulated along the way”.

The difference today, however “…is that it is happening much faster than before because the technology is changing so fast.”

Sultan was speaking on the second of the three-day World Government Summit. Now in its sixth year, the annual summit in Dubai is offering 120 sessions with a focus on the theme “Shaping Future Governments.

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