From Oil to Artificial Intelligence, Dubai to be a Smart city. The Arab world’s second-largest economy, Dubai, leaders believe not only oil but technology will rule the future and they want to step in future with full preparedness. Recently, the city got first ever artificial intelligence minister, Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama. Though many countries have shown their belief that future will be all about artificial intelligence but Dubai is the first one to have minster-in charge especially for artificial intelligence in the cabinet.
Along with this, the city leaders have developed 2031 Artificial Intelligence strategy that focuses on implementing the artificial intelligence on nine sectors, which are, transport, health, space, renewable energy, water, technology, education, environment, and traffic. Artificial Intelligence Wave beginning with the education, the minister foresees the artificial intelligence helping to define the aptitude of the individual and providing the right approach towards education delivery mechanism for that person. In the health sector, its incorporation is seen minimizing chronic diseases. While in the space the artificially intelligent tools will help to conduct accurate studies and in the environment sector, the technology will be implied to increase the rate of forestation by planting the appropriate trees. The nation’s artificial intelligence strategy also includes city’s plans to have its last paper transaction by 2021. It aims to completely revolutionize the service delivery mechanism with robotic cops, autonomous vehicles on the streets, robo-cars at airports and “Mars city”.
These strategies are based out of five themes,
- Setting -up of Artificial Intelligence team – this includes UAE, AI council formation.
- Activating numerous programs in regard to artificial intelligence.
- Developing capabilities of higher government leader – this includes technological skill advancement.
- Implementation by providing all services via AI – including medical and security.
- The launch of leadership strategy – this involves appointing of AI Consultative Council and formulations of laws related to safe use of AI.
Why implementation of Artificial Intelligence? Surely, the strategy is to streamline the cost and maximize the efficiency of the service delivery mechanism in all the public and private spheres. If the potential of artificial intelligence is fully realized, the government can save almost 50% cost by reducing hard (paper) transaction, millions of service and traveling hours. The artificial intelligent tools will assist in coping with the changes and attain the high level of development in the performance. The Alarm and Caution By, taking such great strides towards artificial intelligence, Dubai reiterates, the role that artificial intelligence can play in the near future and what’s the need of the hour is, to start thinking about its possible implementation and incorporation in the social and governance machinery. What the biggest companies are plugging into their business core, Dubai envisions plugging in the entire nation.
However, there are many experts, who doubt on achieving such developments in realities with all the positivity. They believe, artificial intelligence can be an “existential threat”. Although the UAE shall be applauded for its fore-vision the nations shall take each step with careful analyses before making any advancements.