UAE's Artificial Intelligence Office Inaugurates 'BRAIN Forum' at WGS

UAE's Artificial Intelligence Office Inaugurates 'BRAIN Forum' at WGS

Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications, inaugurated the “Building Responsible Artificial Intelligence Forum (BRAIN)” as part of the activities of the World Governments Summit (WGS) 2024, held under the theme “Shaping Future Governments”.

The forum brings together technology leaders from around the world to discuss the future of responsible artificial intelligence and envision the future of this promising field through international efforts and the integration of expertise from technology professionals across all countries.

Omar Sultan Al Olama emphasised in his opening remarks that the World Governments Summit continues to establish itself as a leading, global, and exceptional platform. It serves as a bridge bringing governments, their leaders, and decision-makers together to shape a future based on collective efforts and to enhance communication between governments and people. The summit sheds light on the state of governments, focusing on the path of integration, collaboration, and how to achieve prosperity as a top priority.

Al Olama further stated that the World Governments Summit renews optimism for the world in solving various challenges the world is facing today. It anticipates the development of the generative artificial intelligence sector, which is experiencing rapid growth globally.

"The market is expected to grow by 33 percent in 2024, reaching around US$20 billion by 2025. "

Al Olama said,

“Approximately 97 million people are expected to work in the field of artificial intelligence which underscore the importance for governments to recognise the potential of this transformative force. Understanding its capabilities is crucial for bringing about fundamental changes and adapt to its various trends to achieve the best possible utilisation of these technologies for the development of the digital economy."

The next session discussed the Next Wave of Intelligent Solutions​ with Jack Hidary, CEO, SandboxAQ moderated by Rebecca McLaughlin-Eastham, TV Anchor. The session explored the frontiers of AI beyond Large Language Models (LLMs) and the rise of humanoid robots and this intimate format that allows for an in-depth discussion on how these technologies impact society. The session further delved into their potential, challenges, and ethical considerations, offering insights into the future they are creating.

The session on Embedding Trust in the AI Data Pipeline featured a panel discussions between AJ Abdallat, President and Chief Executive Officer in Beyond Limits, Arya Bolurfrushan, Chief Executive Officer of Applied AI Company and Gary Kazantsev, Head of Quant Technology Strategy at Bloomberg moderated by Gary Sorrentino, Global Chief Information Officer at Zoom. They highlighted the importance of building trust in artificial intelligence data, considering its integration and impact on various sectors. They emphasised the role of ensuring the safety, transparency, and reliability of data in these systems, from collection to processing and analysis.

The forum also held a session titled 'AI: Lifeline Or Landmine?' and featured a dialogue with Yann Lecun, Meta Chief AI Officer, moderated by Saqr binghalib, Executive Director of the UAE’s Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications Office. The session addressed the burgeoning debate surrounding AI's impact on society and unravelled the myths and misconceptions that often cloud public understanding of AI, particularly the fears of an AI-driven apocalypse. It also provided a nuanced perspective, distinguishing the field of science fiction from scientific reality in the context of AI's capabilities and potential challenges.

Furthermore, the session titled “The Intersection of Responsible AI and Scientific Discovery” brought together Prof. Serge Haroche, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics 2012 and Greg Wilson, Worldwide Public Sector Government Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft moderated by Dr. James Canton, CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures. They explored the transformative potentials of artificial intelligence and its trajectory in the coming years, its capability in redefining the essence of scientific research and its role in enhancing the role of human scientists, and insights into how artificial intelligence impacts scientific discoveries in a way that provides a clear vision for making accurate assessments

Dr. Werner Vogels, Chief Executive Officer at Amazon discussed as well during his session insights from his tech journey and Amazon's culture of innovation as he delved into the impact of AI, offering a unique historical perspective on its evolution and the positive impact AI has already been making on society and environment. The session moderated by Dr. Tariq bin Hendi, Senior Partner in Global Ventures and highlighted the importance of accessible technology and collaborative AI development across industries. Additionally, Dr. Werner offered his predictions on major technology trends for 2024, providing a window into the future of tech.​

The session of the UN AIAdvisory Body gathered His Excellency Amandeep Gill, Secretary-General's Envoy on Technology, UN, Carme Artigas, Co-Chair AI high-level advisory body, UN as well as Omar Sultan Al Olama and Philip Thigo, Advisor in the Government of Kenya discussed the promotion of artificial intelligence for rapid progress in various fields, including healthcare, education, economy, and others. The session moderated by Naina Bajekal, Executive Editor and International Editor at TIME delved in the responsible role of artificial intelligence in enhancing the functioning of governments and societies and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 was emphasised.

The sessions also discussed harnessing artificial intelligence technology responsibly, ensuring its inclusivity and availability to individuals worldwide, including developing countries. Responsible international governance for artificial intelligence, the importance of studying challenges, opportunities, and key success factors in leveraging artificial intelligence were highlighted. The session called for advancing artificial intelligence transparently and comprehensively, with a focus on global cooperation to ensure universal access to these technologies.

The World Government Summit 2024, taking place from 12th to 14th February 2024, hosts more than 120 interactive sessions and workshops, 15 forums, and host over 200 speakers and 140 government delegations. The summit aims to envision the future of policymakers and governments by reviewing the latest global developments.

 News Source: Emirates News Agency

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