The development of artificial intelligence systems will be a boon to the future economy.
But it must adhere to legal and ethical standards to prevent its misuse to protect users and organizations, said a senior official at the Institute of Technology Innovation (TII) in Abu Dhabi.
The momentum of AI development further complicates matters because Privacy and Security regulations and standards often fail to consider AI capabilities, said Ebtesam Almazrouei, director of the AI cross-functional unit at the TII AI and Digital Science Research Center. The National in an interview.
Protecting data privacy and securing digital data will continue to be a fundamental concern as AI becomes more widespread, raising legal and ethical questions, she said.
“Building trustworthy AI is a complex but worthwhile task… AI solutions will need to be fair and unbiased, transparent and explainable, accountable and accountable, safe and secure, privacy-focused, as well as robust and reliable,” said Almazrouei, who is the first Emirati woman to earn a PhD in AI.
“Thus, it will be incumbent on government, developers, policymakers, data scientists and other experts to identify vulnerabilities and consider innovative and proactive strategies to address them.”
The UAE is pursuing several strategies putting technology to work to support the country as it embraces digitalization and positions itself as a global innovation hub.
The government’s National Strategy for AI aims to make the Emirates one of the leading countries in technology by 2031, creating new economic, educational and social opportunities and generating up to 335 billion dirhams (91 .2 billion) of additional growth.
The United Arab Emirates ranks first in the Middle East in the 2021 edition of the Global Innovation Index and is among the top 25 countries in the 2022 edition Global Talent Competitiveness Index.
Under the 50 Projects, the country has earmarked $6.5 billion to build the skills of young Emiratis and prepare them for roles in the future economy.
AI is also considered one of the The most important industries in the UAE over the next 10 yearsa May study from the UK-based Institution of Engineering and Technology.
“The Government of the United Arab Emirates is committed to encouraging its citizens to engage in the technology and innovation sectors…multiple policies and initiatives are helping to drive citizen participation in these sectors,” said Ms. Almazrouei.
The global AI market is expected to surpass $1.7 trillion in 2030, up from $93.5 billion in 2021, expanding at a compound annual growth rate of more than 38%, according to data from Grand View Research .
This will be driven by continuous research and development and its application in multiple economic industries including manufacturing, finance, healthcare, retail, automotive and government.
AI and other emerging technologies “will help us revolutionize [economic and societal] sectors, and in creating innovative privacy solutions, which will greatly contribute to the national security and economic prosperity of the UAE,” Ms. Almazrouei said.
Globally, however, there is a talent shortage in the AI industry, she said.
The UAE government is emphasizing advanced science and technology education and AI has become an integral part of the UAE economy, Almazrouei said.
“Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE are well on their way to optimizing their digital smart city infrastructure,” she said.
TII is the applied research arm of the Government of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council, which oversees technology research in the capital. It has 10 research centers and more than 60 international collaborations in various fields.
Updated: November 21, 2022, 06:00