Thu 23-07-2020 11:34 AM
DUBAI, 23rd July, 2020 (WAM) -- More than 6,000 people from the UAE and the world participated in a session on "Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Technology" by Sebastian Thrun, Chairman and Co-Founder of Udacity and Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and Member of Dubai Future Academy’s Board of Trustees.
Organised by One Million Arab Coders, OMAC, an initiative of the Dubai Future Foundation, DFF, the session was part of "Coders Talk", a series of webinars that sheds the light on the latest global trends in technology and programming with the participation of a group of global experts.
During the session, Thrun emphasised that computing technology has made a quantum leap during the past years as a result of the rapid pace of employing Artificial Intelligence, AI, and machine learning solutions in the region and the world, to change the lives of members of society for the better.
He said that countries are going through an important stage in transitioning towards adopting future technology, especially in light of the great challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19. The world finds itself for the first time facing a common challenge, which requires benefiting from the lessons learned by strengthening efforts and partnerships to build a better and more sustainable world.
He stressed that the world is witnessing a noticeable trend in relying more on data and AI, especially in the field of medicine and health, as diagnostic systems based on machine learning techniques have become more precise than doctors in almost all areas of diagnosis.
Abdulaziz AlJaziri, Deputy CEO and COO of DFF, stressed that disseminating knowledge and exchanging experiences in various technological and future sectors represents one of the most imperative goals of the Foundation’s strategy during the coming period, with the acceleration of global trends to rely on specialised skills based on the techniques of the fourth industrial revolution such as programming, AI and triple printing dimensions and others.
He added, "OMAC, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, succeeded in qualifying a new generation and young Arab programmers around the world, and provided an opportunity for them to acquire programming skills and ability to transform their ideas into innovative projects that employ technology to serve society."