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Riyadh is the 'new home of artificial intelligence'

RIYADH, October 21, 2020

Saudi Arabia’s initiative to hold the Global AI Summit, which got under way today, presents Riyadh as the new artificial intelligence home now and in the future, said Dr Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi, President of The Saudi Data & AI Authority (SDAIA).
 
“A new reality today is reshaping our world, and we have to adapt to it at all levels,” he said announcing the agenda of the summit, which is taking place on October 21 and 22. 
 
The Summit is held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, and under “AI for the Good of Humanity” theme.
 
The summit’s attendees established specific recommendations for effective national artificial intelligence strategies in the post-Covid era, building on existing frameworks developed by the kingdom as well as important new insights, innovations and investment trends. 
 
The summit has been designed for maximum collaboration and interaction with experts to inspire visions of the future, and discover how AI technologies will shape the future.
 
The Global AI Summit opened with a keynote speech by Dr Al-Ghamdi, followed by a series of sessions and workshops on four main topics: Shaping the New Normal, AI and Governments, Governing AI and the Future of AI. The holding of the Global AI Summit coincides with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 meetings, as the summit is one of the most important events on the agenda of the Saudi digital economy.
 
The summit’s attendees set the stage for insightful dialogue and innovative ideas on a global level, both in terms of recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and important trends in artificial intelligence. There was also strategic-level discussions on establishing an effective and efficient system for artificial intelligence, exploring national strategy options and encouraging global cooperation.
 
Registration for the Global AI Summit is still open and participants from around the world can apply via the official website’s registration page. The event brings together some of the brightest and best international leaders, innovators, decision-makers, experts and academics, as well as leading technology companies, entrepreneurs and investors.
 
The Global AI Summit also saw the launch of the National Strategy for Data and Artificial Intelligence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which was recently approved by the King of Saudi Arabia. The National Strategy is set to drive the kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals forward with the support of relevant authorities and the guidance of SDAIA. -- Tradearabia News Service
 
 



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