The second edition of the Global AI Summit kicked off Tuesday morning in the Saudi capital Riyadh, bringing together various stakeholders and academics to discuss the future of artificial intelligence and the Kingdom’s contribution in this field.
More than 200 speakers representing 90 countries have gathered for the global summit which will run until September 15 at the King Abdul Aziz International Conference Center and under the patronage of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Global AI Summit, hosted by the Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA), will address topics such as the impact of AI on the public and private sectors, health, environment , transport, smart cities and culture, among others.
SDAIA said on its website that “tech companies, startups, investors and entrepreneurs [will] come together at the Global AI Summit to shape the future of AI. »
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the summit, Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Alswaha said that Saudi Arabia “has become the greatest technological force of coders and scientists in data,” adding that there are currently more than 70,000 trainees in this field.
He added that the participation of women in the field of technology has exceeded 30%.
Alswaha also said that Saudi Arabia presented one of the best examples of AI implementation in the city of THE LINE at NEOM, under the leadership of the Crown Prince.
“We worked with global innovators and thinkers leveraging data and AI to create the first THE LINE cognitive city, and [explore] how we can provide livability and the five-minute walk where you can work, live, play and learn without any emissions,” he said.
The futuristic city of THE LINE aims to make everything accessible within a five-minute walk while providing access to public transport that can offer an end-to-end journey in under 20 minutes. The automated services will be powered by artificial intelligence, according to NEOM’s website.
The Global AI Summit, hosted by the Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA), will address topics such as the impact of AI on the public and private sectors, health, environment , transport, smart cities and culture, among others, on September 13. 2022. (Twitter)
Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser stressed the importance of keeping abreast of the latest developments in the field of digital transformation, noting that “any huge and large investment in artificial intelligence and information technology should make businesses more profitable and more successful”.
“It is necessary to realize that the role and purpose of artificial intelligence is that it complements the human [capital]and [does] not replace it. In my opinion, the main priority for businesses today is to determine the best optimal combination of human and machine capabilities. »
Addressing cyberattacks, Nasser said they “are one of the biggest threats we face at Aramco with natural disasters or physical attacks” comprising the same level of threats.
“As these attacks increase…AI is helping to thwart some of these threats,” he added.
At the Global AI Summit, attendees will also focus on “exchanging expertise with local and international experts and exploring investment opportunities related to AI technologies,” according to the agency. official Saudi press (SPA).
During the summit, more than 40 agreements and MoUs will be signed between the public and private sectors from Saudi Arabia and abroad, SPA added.
“This is in addition to announcing eight local and international initiatives among global companies and institutions with the aim of strengthening international cooperation on AI and its uses.”
On the sidelines of the event, Aramco signed an agreement with the California Institute of Technology.
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