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Government entities adopt Smart Dubai’s Ethical AI Toolkit

The Smart Dubai Department has reported that its Ethical AI Self-Assessment Tool has been used across 18 use cases in the emirate.Smart Dubai Ethical AI

The government arm has hihglighted that the Ethical AI Toolkit was used in 15 initiatives by the Roads and Transport Authority and three AI Lab use cases developed with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai Health Authority and Dubai Customs, according to the Dubai Media Office.

The Smart Dubai Department launched the Ethical AI Guidelines to enhance government services and promote the adoption of AI-based solutions.

Dr. Aisha bint Butti bin Bishr, director general, Smart Dubai Department, said, “AI is gathering momentum around the world, with credible studies predicting the sector could contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy in 2030.

The UAE has long led the region and much of the world in embracing and employing AI, from appointing a Minister of State for AI to the launch of the ambitious UAE Strategy for AI.”

Dr. bin Bishr noted that while there is an unofficial consensus that an AI regulation is needed, the field is not mature enough to devise fixed rules or laws to govern it.

“This is where our Ethical AI Toolkit comes in with its guidelines and the Ethical AI Self-Assessment Tool. Setting clear guidelines and principles on the ethical use of AI will prevent a fragmented approach to ethics,” she added.

Younus Al Nasser, assistant director general, Smart Dubai Department and CEO of Smart Dubai Data, said, “As more of our everyday tasks get automated, more AI-powered breakthroughs and services are in the pipeline. This large-scale proliferation of a once niche and experimental technology calls for setting principles to regulate and guide the sector.”

“The Guidelines and the Ethical AI Self-Assessment Tool were developed for that particular purpose – to create consistency and avoid having every entity set its own rules.

“We are happy to see our initiatives evolve into more of a universal framework that determines ethical requirements for AI design and use, where successful projects and use cases are underway at various government entities in Dubai. Our objective is for the guidelines to eventually serve as a blueprint for governments to draft pragmatic AI laws and regulations,” added Al Nasser.

The Roads and Transport Authority was the first government entity to adopt Smart Dubai’s Ethical AI Toolkit, making it mandatory for all of its AI-powered systems. The Smart Dubai Department’s AI Lab uses the Ethical AI Self-Assessment Tool across all the projects it has under development.

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