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DEWA launches Amazon Alexa Skill; No UN deal to regulate killer robots
Good morning everyone!
Here’s your weekly roundup of Middle East AI News!
And it's a short roundup this week, as the end of 2021 nears just around the corner! Scroll down for stories from DEWA, Farnek ,Group 42 and University of Sharjah.
However, in my Linkedin newsletter this week and next week, I'll be attempting to recap the year's AI and emerging tech news. This week's edition will go out in 4-5 hours time.
Stay safe and have a great Christmas weekend! I wish you and our world peace and happiness.
#UAE #Alexa - Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is the first government utility to provide its smart services on Amazon Alexa in the Arabic language. Customers can now review their monthly bills in Arabic, check past statements, the details of their electricity and water consumption and their carbon footprint, (Zawya)
#UAE #cloud - The Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority (ADAA) has become the first government entity to move its data centre to the G42 Cloud and expand its AI capabilities across its digital operations. Group 42 cloud services are underpinned by one of the largest deployments of AI enabling GPUs in the world. (Zawya)
#Sweden #UAE #UAVs - The University of Sharjah and Sweden's Linkoping University have been researching the movement of unmanned aircraft within cities. Results from the three-year research programme were announced during a presentation at the Sweden pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai. (Dubai Eye)
#UAE #FM - UAE-based facilities management company Farnek, is to pilot a multi-site, remote monitoring solution for the Aster DM Healthcare group. The IoT-based solution will monitor energy demand, room temperature and footfall providing data analytics in real time across 5 Aster Clinics and 21 Aster Pharmacies. (Zawya)
#World #killerrobots - Countries taking part in United Nations talks on autonomous weapons in Geneva stopped short of launching negotiations on an international treaty to govern their use. Ongoing for eight years, the talks have taken on new urgency since a UN panel report in March that said the first autonomous drone attack may have already occurred in Libya. (Al Arabiya)