AI for good: UN summit aims to reduce concerns over AI
Mbs and His Evil Trinity of Technology; Digital Cooperation Organization event explores AI’s role in global diplomacy. Saudi Arabia set to be biggest gainer from artificial intelligence in Middle East by 2030.
Saudi Digital Cooperation Organization event explores AI’s role in GLOBAL DIPLOMACY. “The diplomatic ecosystem undoubtedly finds itself in a state of flux as the very nature of diplomatic relations and how countries communicate with each other changes thanks to rapid digital transformation.” “AI holds the key to addressing challenges such as climate change and sustainability.”
ARAB NEWS October 09, 202315:47
RIYADH: The global multilateral Digital Cooperation Organization hosted the second Diplomatic Connect event to foster digital diplomacy for member countries and international partner organizations. The event, hosted at the Embassy of Oman in the Saudi capital Riyadh, highlighted the critical role of artificial intelligence and digital diplomacy in promoting international cooperation in the digital age.
The DCO is committed to fostering a welcoming space for the diplomatic community and other stakeholders to convene for conversations on diplomacy and technological innovation. Founded in November 2020, the DCO enables digital prosperity by accelerating the inclusive growth of the digital economy.
The organization brings together the ministries of communications and IT of 15 nations — Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Djibouti, Gambia, Ghana, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Rwanda, and Saudi Arabia. Together, the member countries represent almost $2 trillion in GDP and a combined market of almost 600 million people, more than 70 percent of whom are aged under 35.The second edition of Diplomatic Connect brought together government officials, private sector leaders and technology experts to explore the transformative potential of digital innovation in international relations.The gathering welcomed 24 prominent guests, showcasing the power of digital innovation, new technological advancements, and data-driven insights to enhance decision-making and international relationships.
Renowned deep tech diplomacy and tech advocate Prof. Dr. Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes delivered the keynote speech, titled “Advancing Global Diplomacy: Navigating AI’s Role and Challenges in the ‘Phygital’ Era.” Her presentation delved into digital diplomacy and artificial intelligence, illustrating pathways for enhancing global diplomatic efforts through technology. Sayyid Faisal bin Turki bin Mahmoud Al-Said, ambassador of Oman to Saudi Arabia, said: “Hosting this prestigious event at the Embassy of Oman symbolizes our unwavering commitment to nurturing diplomatic relations and endorsing digital advancements for global betterment. We look forward to the valuable insights and the collaborative initiatives that this gathering will undoubtedly advance.”
DCO Secretary-General Deemah Al-Yahya said: “Digital transformation has disrupted our lives in ways we could never have imagined. AI, cloud, quantum, Metaverse, blockchain — all have a real-world impact on both the public and private sectors, and civil society. The diplomatic ecosystem undoubtedly finds itself in a state of flux as the very nature of diplomatic relations and how countries communicate with each other changes thanks to rapid digital transformation. Digital doesn’t know or recognize borders.”
The objective of Diplomatic Connect is to facilitate discussions and build awareness about the meaningful ways in which the diplomatic ecosystem can embrace innovation and transformation in the digital era.Speaking about the impact of the event, Vasiliu-Feltes said: “The second DCO Diplomatic Connect is a pivotal juncture to explore and understand the intricate correlation of artificial intelligence with global diplomacy. It is an opportunity to navigate the challenges and amplify the role of AI, ensuring robust, resilient and innovative diplomatic engagements in the contemporary world.”
Pakistani Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ahmed Farooq welcomed the decision to host the upcoming third Diplomatic Connect at his country’s embassy in Riyadh. Through the event, the DCO aims to bridge the digital and diplomatic worlds, and facilitate collaboration. The event comes as part of DCO’s strategy to advance digital diplomacy through knowledge sharing, innovation and inclusivity.
Saudi Arabia launches ‘Artificial Intelligence Hour’ initiative in more than ‘1,3’00 schools
Updated 11 October 2023 SPA October 11, 202301:37
RIYADH: An “Artificial Intelligence Hour” initiative is targeting more than 1,300 public and private schools across Saudi Arabia, with the aim of raising awareness of the emerging technology among students and inspiring the next generation of programmers, as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to support and empower the nation’s youth and develop their talents.
The initiative is the second in the National Olympiad for Programming and Artificial Intelligence, which has been developed by the Saudi Ministry of Education in partnership with the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority and the King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, also known as Mawhiba. It offers 300,000 male and female students in middle and high schools the chance to learn more about the AI field.
Saudi Arabia set to be biggest gainer from artificial intelligence in Middle East by 2030: PwC
Updated 24 July 2023 ARAB NEWS July 24, 202313:56
RIYADH: Artificial intelligence is set to contribute $135 billion to the Saudi economy in 2030, making the Kingdom the biggest beneficiary of the technology in the Middle East, according to global consultancy firm PwC.
A report from the company noted that AI could add $320 billion to the region’s economy, equivalent to 11 percent of gross domestic product. Amid the government’s massive push for digitization and future technology, Saudi Arabia will see AI’s contribution to GDP rise to 12.4 percent in 2030.
In terms of average annual growth in the contribution of AI by region, Saudi Arabia is expected to slice off a 31.3 percent share in the technology’s expansion between 2018 to 2030, the PwC report noted.
“Saudi’s Vision 2030 and National Transformation Program 2020 identify digital transformation as a key goal to activate economic sectors, to support industries and private sector entities, to advocate for the development of public-private business models and to ultimately reduce the country’s dependence on oil revenues through a diversification of the economy,” the report noted.
Investment in AI in Saudi Arabia is supported by the government and is currently largely driven through domestic sources, in particular the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund.
“In order to maintain momentum in the pace of technological advancement in the country, there is a need for it to attract more foreign investment which is currently constrained by the challenges in the business environment,” it said. PwC pointed out that Saudi Arabia ranked 92 out of 190 countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index in 2017. “Addressing concerns raised by the business community will allow it to attract external investment which will bring with it skills and expertise to upskill the local population,” the report said.
PwC, meanwhile, estimated that AI could contribute up to $15.7 trillion to the global economy in 2030, surpassing the current output of both China and India. It added that $6.6 trillion of this figure is likely to come from increased productivity while $9.1 trillion is set to come from benefits to consumers.
AI set to automate a substantial portion of global tasks within 20 months: PwC Middle East executives
ARAB NEWS October 12, 202315:04
RIYADH: Amid a global artificial intelligence boom, PwC Middle East predicts that generative AI will automate a substantial portion of global tasks in the next 18 to 20 months.
This revelation was made by Ali Hosseini and Stephen Anderson, top officials at the consultancy firm, at a panel discussion during a special event in Dubai focusing on the development of the technology. Both executives highlighted the development of generative AI, an interface that utilizes algorithms to create content. It aims to revolutionize the business landscape as it progresses toward achieving artificial general intelligence, a form of machine intelligence with human-like capabilities.
“AI can now be utilized for market assessments, pricing strategies and competitive analysis, using the impressive capabilities of tools, such as Midjourney and Leonardo,” Hosseini, chief digital officer at PwC Middle East, said during the panel at the the Dubai Assembly for Generative AI on Wednesday. He added: “These, along with others, are transforming the way we design and create digital content. It not only saves time but also enhances the quality of our output”
Hosseini underscored the urgency to remain up-to-date with the newest tools and enhancements in the rapidly evolving AI landscape. Additionally, he pointed out the recent advancements in ChatGPT accuracy aided by the latest plugins. “AI and humans can collaborate, augmenting each other’s capabilities to drive innovation and efficiency across industries,” Hosseini said. Acknowledging the limitations of AI models, both in data accuracy and potential biases, Anderson and Hosseini emphasized the critical need for transparency in operations.
The duo called for the establishment of clear frameworks and a thorough education for teams to maximize the potential of AI while maintaining ethical standards. “AI holds the key to addressing challenges such as climate change and sustainability. It is an exciting time, and technology is our ally in overcoming these hurdles,” Anderson, partner and strategy and markets leader at PwC Middle East, said. Highlighting the global contribution of the UAE to the sector, Anderson praised the innovative strides such as Falcon, a generative AI model conceptualized by the Technology Innovation Institute. He also lauded Dubai’s preparedness for rapid industry change and dispelled myths about AI’s job elimination threat, suggesting instead its transformative potential.
Saudi research center launches first robot employee to elevate healthcare in the Kingdom
Updated 10 October 2023 DHAI AL-MUTAIRI October 10, 202321:57
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center has unveiled its inaugural humanoid robot employee, “Nour R1,” to assist both staff and visitors. Hospital chiefs said the robot had been programmed to offer cutting-edge information and communication technology services to staff. They said the robot would elevate the overall experience for both employees and patients. The robot can accurately and effectively answer questions, the hospital said, demonstrating a significant change in the utilization of technology within healthcare facilities in the Kingdom.
The robot is stationed in the hospital’s Healthcare Information Technology Affairs wing, addressing technical support queries in both Arabic and English. KFSHRC said Nour R1 distinguished itself by its ability to interact and communicate with others and recognize staff members’ faces. It added the robot would eventually perform additional roles such as wayfinding, addressing patient queries, and delivering real-time updates on hospital events and activities.
KFSHRC’s Chief Information Officer, Dr. Osama Alswailem, said: “We believe that the introduction of our new employee, Nour R1, will enhance the services we provide to our dedicated staff. This cutting-edge technology aligns with our commitment to digital innovation and will enable our employees to focus on their core responsibilities while enjoying the convenience and efficiency brought by Nour.” The hospital said Nour R1 underscored its commitment to utilizing advanced technology for better operations, patient care, and tapping into the potential of robots and AI. It added it also aimed to enhance its internal environment through user-friendly interactive technologies, benefiting both visitors and employees.KFSHRC is a global leader in specialized healthcare, ranked 20th worldwide in 2023 and first in the Middle East and Africa by Brand Finance.
Saudi engineer, robotics specialist at NEOM to speak at AI global summit in Geneva
Updated 05 July 2023 ARAB NEWS July 05, 202321:19
Prior to her current role, she worked at Oxagon — NEOM’s industrial city — and Lucid Motors
RIYADH: Amjad Alamri, a Saudi mechanical engineer and a senior specialist at NEOM, has been chosen by the Misk Foundation to speak at the International Telecommunication Union’s AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva on July 6-7. Alamri tweeted: “I am pleased to be nominated by Prince Mohammed bin Salman Foundation to participate as a speaker at the International Telecommunication Union’s Artificial Intelligence Global Summit.”
Alamri’s role at NEOM involves incorporating autonomous technologies and optimizing the performance of construction vehicles. The young mechanical engineer is also responsible for identifying the best construction robots to introduce on-site, ensuring seamless integration. The project Alamri oversees helps toward NEOM’s objective of becoming the world’s most sustainable city, and to the advancement of the construction industry in the Kingdom. Prior to her current role, she worked at Oxagon — NEOM’s industrial city — and Lucid Motors.
Alamri has extensive experience in the automotive industry, having built race cars and competed in prestigious events like the Formula Student and World Solar Challenge. She is also an active board member of the Saudi Women Engineers Association, the first in the Kingdom to focus on advancing women’s empowerment in the sector. The AI summit is organized by the ITU, an agency for digital technology, in partnership with 40 UN agencies and the government of Switzerland.
It explores AI in relation to sustainable development goals, by promoting it to advance health, climate, gender, inclusive prosperity, sustainable infrastructure, and other global development priorities.
The summit aims to identify practical applications of AI, scale solutions for global impact, and accelerate progress toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Some of the prominent figures speaking at the summit include Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the UN; Doreen Bogdan-Martin, the secretary-general of the ITU; Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization; and Lila Ibrahim, chief operating officer at Google DeepMind.
But how can (7) they call on him (Jesus Christ) to save (7) them unless they believe in Him (Jesus Christ)? (7) And how can they believe in Him (7) (Jesus Christ) if they have never heard about (7) Him (Jesus Christ)? And how can they hear (7) about Him (Jesus Christ) unless someone tells them?” Romans 10:14 (777777)
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Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs (7) of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. (7) Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask (7) God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that (7) Jesus Christ is who He claimed to (7) be; that He was both fully God (7) and fully man and that we are (7) saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. (7) Put your trust in Him as your (7) only hope of salvation. Become a son (7) or daughter of God by receiving Christ. (7777777) 7×7
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess (7) with your heart and with your lips (7) that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
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