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A mixed bag of AI and AI-related news today. Scroll down for news on Virgin Hyperloop, telepresence robots, education initiatives and GITEX announcements. Also Abu Dhabi’s health information exchange platform Malaffi has unveiled a new population risk management analytics platform.
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#UAE #hyperloop - Technology Innovation Institute (TII), an applied research arm of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council, teamed up with Virgin Hyperloop to ramp up research and find ways to localise futuristic transportation technologies. (The National)
#UAE #R&D - Global experts in cryptography have been appointed to the Board of Advisors at the new Cryptography Research Centre (CRC), one of the initial seven dedicated centres of the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), the applied research pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC). (Zawya)
#UAE #telepresence -- DigitalX, a Digital DEWA Company, has become a GoBe Robots telepresence user and an exclusive reseller, according to a press release from Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) and Advanced Imaging Systems (AIS). Robot developer GoBe is a subsidiary of Danish automation company Blue Ocean Robotics. (Dubai Media Office)
#UAE #healthcare - Abu Dhabi’s health information exchange platform Malaffi has unveiled a population risk management analytics platform. Launched in partnership with the UAE capital’s Department of Health, the platform will use AI analytic technologies such as machine learning to assess various risk factors. (Healthcare IT News)
#Oman #healthcare - An Omani Ministry of Health project that uses AI in the early detection of breast cancer has won recognition at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2020, organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). (Muscat Daily)
#Egypt #IDSC - The Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) updated its Legislations Portal adding new functionality powered by AI. The portal offers the largest database of legislations and rulings in the Middle East supported by AI, with over 280,000 items of legislation and more than 70,000 court rulings. (Daily News Egypt)
#Saudi #insurance - Company for Cooperative Insurance (Tawuniya) has tapped SAS, a provider of business analytics software and services, to bolster its analytics and fraud/waste prevention capabilities and using AI tools to improve its claims-handling process. (Arab News)
UAE Innovation Survey
#UAE healthcare - More than two-thirds of UAE business leaders say AI-led innovations will be even more important to their companies in a post-Covid era, according to General Electric. More than three-quarters of UAE executives expect AI will improve the remote work experience for employees. (The National)
#UAE #coding - Sandooq Al Watan announced the launch of a new round of the ''UAE Coder Initiative'', supported by Aldar Properties and in partnership with the Ministry of Education. The UAE Coder Programme teaches Emirati children aged 7-14 the basics of coding. (Emirates News Agency)
#UAE #coding - 42 Abu Dhabi, the GCC’s first-of-its-kind disruptive coding school due to open in the UAE capital in February, has signed partnership agreements Huawei, Du, Microsoft, Intel and Oracle. (Microsoft)
#UAE #education - The UAE has been working on digitising education, building the infrastructure and the resources to do so, since the launch of the Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Learning programme in 2012. AI will be the corner stone in creating a quality and inclusive learning experience. (The National)
#UAE #police - Ajman Police are now using smart helmets to detect people for Coronavirus by screening their temperatures. The helmet has special features that enables it to detect symptoms of Coronavirus infection by remotely measuring people’s temperatures, recognising faces and reading the licence plates of vehicles. (Gulf News)
#Saudi #SDAIA - The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) signed an agreement with the American multinational computer company Dell Technologies, combining the two organisations’ expertise in emerging technologies to accelerate the use of AI in the Kingdom. (Arab News)
#UAE #economy - AI will play a critical role in aiding economies in their recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, experts highlighted at GITEX 2020. “AI has come to the fore in 2020 due to its successful application in combating the spread of the novel coronavirus,” said Dr. Mohammed Yaqub, assistant professor at Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence. (Khaleej Times)
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Carrington Malin is a UAE-based entrepreneur, marketer and writer who focuses on emerging technologies.