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Here’s your weekly roundup of Middle East AI News!
Sorry, did I say 'Middle East AI News'? I should have said 'Saudi AI News' this week! All of the announcements below have been made at this week's Global AI Summit in Riyadh, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, the SDAIA, really did the Kingdom proud this week, putting on a world-class AI event with a fantastic platform of global and local speakers. The good news is that if you missed this event, you can watch the recorded video of the main sessions here: Global AI Summit Day One And here: Global AI Summit Day Two.
You'll find below some of the most interesting announcements, but not all! There were an estimated 40 initiatives, partnerships and other agreements announced during the event.
If you're wondering what AI news broke around the rest of the region, it was a little quiet to tell the truth. So, perhaps corporate communicators were wisely giving the Global AI Summit some space. Normal service will be resumed next week!
Have a great day!
Global AI Summit 2022
#Saudi #innovation - Saudi Aramco has launched the ‘Aramco Global AI Corridor’, a new strategic project aimed at building and commercialising the AI ecosystem in the Kingdom. The $250 million initiative will include an AI Delivery Factory, AI Academy, AI Venturing Studio, and R&D labs. (Al Arabiya)
#Saudi #carbon - The Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA) and IBM signed a strategic agreement to drive adoption of AI in carbon capture and industry. The first use case will be a collaboration with the Ministry of Energy to use AI to detect, map, and reduce carbon emissions across the country. (Zawya)
#Saudi #NLP - The Saudi AI Company (SCAI) and SDAIA's National Centre for Artificial Intelligence (NCAI) have revealed a brand-new SauTech system, an AI-driven solution that converts speech into text using advanced speech-recognition techniques at the Global AI Summit this week. (Trade Arabia)
#Saudi #DSO - Members of the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) agreed on the 'Riyadh Call For Action' declaration, focusing on ensuring that AI innovations are used for the good of all humanity. (Zawya)
#Saudi #data - SDAIA's National Data Management Office (NDMO) becomes the first EDM Council member via an agreement signed with the council to improve the nation's data literacy and national data management. (Zawya)
#Saudi #WorldBank - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has joined the The World Bank's Digital Development Partnership (DDP), which helps developing countries leverage digital innovations to solve their most pressing challenges. (DDP)
#Saudi #research - The Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA) and KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) signed a strategic partnership, to establish a centre of excellence in data science and AI. (SPA)
#Saudi #HPC - The Saudi Company for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI), a PIF-owned company, has signed an MoU with the Saudi Technology and Security Comprehensive Control Company (Tahakom) to jointly develop the AI infrastructure and super-computing capabilities necessary to power the next generation of AI applications. (Zawya)
#Saudi #climate - Google Cloud with The Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA), the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) and Climate Engine will launch the Earth Observation and Science Programme which will help address environmental challenges. (Gulf Business)
#Saudi #smartcities - As Saudi Arabia plans to build 200 smart cities, it has launched a new challenge called “SMARTATHON” with an aim to extend the use of AI in creating smarter, safer, and healthier cities. (Arab News)
#Saudi #NEOM - The Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA) has launched the second edition of NEOM AI Challenge in partnership with NEOM, targeting local and international small to medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs across the world. (SPA)
#Saudi #healthcare - The Saudi Company for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI) has signed a deal with Lean, a leading provider of healthcare management solutions, to explore the development of AI-powered solutions for the Saudi healthcare sector. (Trade Arabia)
#Saudi #customerexperience - Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) signed an MoU with the Saudi Company for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI) and the Saudi Company for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI), to launch a number of national data and AI initiatives, plus develop a common framework for customer experience. (SPA)
#Saudi #energy - The Saudi Electric Co. (SEC), plans to explore the full potential of AI and data to effectively maximize electricity generation and supply in Saudi Arabia, according to Khaled Salem Al-Ghamdi, senior vice president for IT and digital transformation. (Arab News)
First published via Revue.