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MBZUAI & Weizmann Institute R&D deal; 500 Startups new Saudi fund
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Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have agreed a programme for joint AI research; 500 Startups and PPIF subsidiary Sanabil Investments have formed a new accelerator and VC fund; and Dutch photographer reveals modern images of Egyptian King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti.
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#Saudi #USA #VC - California-based venture capital firm 500 Startups and Sanabil Investments, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), have launched a new accelerator and an investment fund to support startups in the Middle East. (The National)
#India #Qatar #M&A - VerSe Innovation has acquired Bengaluru-based AI solutions provider Cognirel Technologies for an undisclosed amount. Verse Innovation has raised more than $200 million in three months from investors such as Google, Microsoft, Qatar's sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority, and ADQ's Alpha Wave Incubation. (Economic Times)
#Israel #UAE #R&D - Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) and Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have just announced the MBZUAI-WIS Joint Program for AI Research. The new programme will promote collaborative initiatives in fundamental AI research. (The National)
#Saudi #Covid-19 - Over 17 million people have used the Covid-19 tracking and assistance Tawakkalna app in Saudi Arabia, since it was launched nine months ago. The Tawakkalna app was first launched by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority's (SDAIA) in May 2020. (Al Arabiya)
#Canada #UAE #Covid19 - Canadian firm Laipac Technology has partnered with two UAE companies to offer the world's first artificial intelligence-powered rapid Covid-19 antigen test system that can deliver real-time coronavirus test results in just five minutes. (Khaleej Times)
#Saudi #UAE #defence - Saudi Arabia and the UAE are carving a niche in the defense export market by adding AI capabilities and pursuing emerging technologies. Their militaries will realise benefits from national emphasis on AI. (Defense News)
#UAE #defence - There is a pressing need to integrate AI into defence systems, the UAE’s Minister of State for AI, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications Omar Al Olama told the International Defence Conference this week. He argued that defending AI systems is now as critical as defending the sovereignty of the nation, or defending lives. (The National)
#UAE #datascience - In 2015, when Professor Feras Al-Obeidat joined Zayed University in the UAE, the College of Technological Innovation (CTI) at the university did not offer any courses linked to data science or analytics. Since then, the discipline has burgeoned as the institution pushes to keep up with the government’s national AI strategy. (Times Higher Education)
#Qatar #robotics - Qatar in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education recently distributed completion certificates to 33 public school teachers that were provided training in robotics. (Zawya)
#Morocco #STEM - Mastercard’s signature science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program, Girls4Tech, has officially reached its initial goal of educating one million girls worldwide. In the Middle East and Africa, Mastercard will be rolling out the signature program to new markets, including Morocco and Saudi Arabia. (Fintech Times)
#China #Israel #Saudi #UAE - Two major events in the Middle East—a burst of diplomatic relations for Israel and the end of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis—have changed the regional landscape. Although China was not involved in either development, change in the Middle East presents opportunities for Beijing as well. (Atlantic Council)
#Oman #smartfarming - Oman’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, has after the successful testing of drone-aided date palm farming, tested the technology in its pilot project, reports a leading Arabic news portal in Oman. (Gulf News)
#Egypt #Egyptology - Dutch photographer Bas Uterwijk has created lifelike photographic images of Egyptian King Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) and Queen Nefertiti using GAN machine learning frameworks. (Egypt Independent)