In October, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, said artificial intelligence is the next major revolution of our time, and selected a state minister to focus on this space.
The newly appointed Minister of State for artificial intelligence Omar Sultan AlOlama, says his top priority is to discuss how governments should address A.I., and put regulations in place.
Elon Musk tweeted recently that "competition for A.I. superiority at a national level most likely cause of WW3." Musk has been no stranger about his fears of A.I. AlOlama says his concerns are valid.
He compared Mark Zuckerberg's embrace of A.I. to Elon Musk's unease of the technology, and says that the difference between both opinions is one has a short-term effect, and the other is focused on the long run. AlOlama says Musk's views come into play in the future. But governments need to have these types of discussions today, says AlOlama.
The UAE is also working on a project in partnership with Oxford University and UNESCO to restore artifacts through technology. Recently, ISIS has destroyed historic artifacts. Through this partnership, they 3D printed the Arc of Palmyra to bring it back to life.