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UAE spotlights role of AI for good at global summit

The UAE participated in the second edition of the AI for Good Global Summit this week, which was organised by ITU in Geneva in partnership with other UN organisations.

Addressing the three-day event, Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, spoke about the UAE’s role in leading the international drive for AI governance to serve the public interest.

He urged the international community to join forces to harness AI to deliver progress and prosperity. He also briefed the delegates about the UAE’s groundbreaking AI initiatives and projects.

The minister recently spoke of the need to form a knowledge reserve in the UAE to meet the country’s future requirements and challenges, as well as adopting and employing AI to improve government services and economic returns.

“We aim to invest in the people and empower the youth by developing their AI skills and improving their ability to utilise data and smart technologies” Al Olama said while pointing out the necessity of data safety and how to collect, analyse and benefit from data, as well as encouraging the exchange of AI knowledge and expertise, to combine the roles and efforts of federal and local government authorities.

The AI for Good series is the leading United Nations platform for dialogue on AI. The action-oriented 2018 summit will identify practical applications of AI and supporting strategies to improve the quality and sustainability of life on our planet. The summit sought to formulate strategies to ensure trusted, safe and inclusive development of AI technologies and equitable access to their benefits.

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