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Think AI: how the UAE sees the future

UAE has announced a new initiative to help accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence in various key strategic sectors in the country

Think AI: how the UAE sees the future
Think AI will see the participation of more than 100 government officials, representatives from the private sector and experts from local and international organisations.

The UAE has announced a new Think AI initiative to help accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence and its uses in various key strategic sectors in the country.

Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, highlighted the campaign after the signing of an agreement to launch the series of roundtables, workshops and panel discussions.

Think AI will see the participation of more than 100 government officials, representatives from the private sector and experts from local and international organisations.

Al Olama said governments realise the importance of deploying artificial intelligence and its positive implications towards revolutionising services as well as its effects towards enhancing key strategic sectors that will ultimately reinforce its position on the global map.

He said the UAE government is "very much working towards accelerating the pace of AI adoption through strategic partnerships with both the public and private sectors".

The roundtable meetings organised by Think AI aim to develop comprehensive dialogues and ideas that support the UAE's efforts towards accelerating the adoption of artificial intelligence in key sectors such as infrastructure, governance and legal legislation.

The first roundtable will focus on developing national talents and attracting talented artificial intelligence experts, to reach new solutions and ideas in collaboration with technology educators, curriculum designers, consumers of AI talents and education pioneers.

The second roundtable will discuss the mechanism of infrastructure development and availability that supports the adoption of artificial intelligence in the UAE.

The third roundtable highlights how to improve trustability and acceptance of AI, as well as speared awareness of its uses. It also looks into how to regulate and design policies for such technology across vital sectors in collaboration with regulation and policy makers.

The fourth roundtable looks into what a best-in-class AI infrastructure would looks like while the fifth roundtable discusses the plans to develop and issue UAE national standards for artificial intelligence technology.

Wasim Khan, MENA Advisory Leader, EY, who was at the signing of the Think AI agreement, said: "AI is among the most transformative technology of our time with rapid developments across machine learning, data mining, and cognitive computing. Harnessing the power of AI will be a game-changer for both governments and businesses alike.

"The AI roundtables we will co-host with the Government Accelerators would be the first of its kind in Dubai with the objective of identifying mechanisms for government, private sector, and tech startups to seamlessly collaborate around the AI agenda... We are excited to be part of this journey.”

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