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UAE to integrate artificial intelligence in government services

[ March 29, 2017 ]

Dubai: A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) smart lab will soon begin training government employees and private sector officials to implement AI and 'cognitive computing' in a broad range of tasks that will make residents' lives easier, Khaleej Times reported.

The lab - launched on Monday during a workshop by the Smart Dubai Office and Smart Dubai Government Establishment - will begin training a batch of 200 people next month, but will, later on, be open to researchers, students, and the public.
"To move towards the future, we have to redefine government and embed AI in our services. We have no choice but to embrace technology," said Aisha bint Butti bin Bishr, director general of Smart Dubai Office. "We want to replace call centers and help parents choose schools for their children using cognitive computing."
Wesam Lootah, CEO of SDG, the technology arm of Smart Dubai Office, noted that the government wants "to look at how we can integrate AI into government services and city experiences.”
"Unlike humans, machines can surf through hundreds of journals in a minute, be consistent across activities, and avoid making mistakes," said Lootah, adding that AI helps humans to make better decisions.
While studies have shown that AI will replace 50 percent of all jobs by 2025, Noah Raford, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, said the technology will be more like a helpful colleague.
"Intelligent robots won't handle specific human relation interaction, but will become a tool in serving and supporting the human being. Therefore, it isn't very productive for us as governments and colleagues to think that robots will be stealing our jobs," said Raford, adding that AI should be thought of as 'New Collar Jobs'.
With machines growing more intelligent every year, Raford added that AI would revolutionize everyday life by understanding human needs.