Arab Media Forum in Dubai: Rules to govern Artificial Intelligence must be set at the initial stage, experts say


Dubai: Rules governing artificial intelligence (AI), particularly those related to security and privacy, must be incorporated from the design stage, the Arab Media Forum in Dubai heard today.

Alaa ElShimy, general manager and senior vice president of the enterprise business group in the Middle East and Central Asia region at Huawei, said: “AI, essentially software, must be governed from its inception. “Designers and technicians who develop AI software have a responsibility to pay in the early stages of AI media management, especially when it comes to policy, ethics and morality.”

Dr. Fatmah Baothman, member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of AI, said: “However, going forward, regulations regarding AI must be aligned with its use cases and its evolution.” .

Dr. Fatmah, ElShimy and other government officials were deliberating on the role of “AI governance in media” during a panel discussion at the Forum on Wednesday.

The Arab Media Forum takes place in Dubai from September 26 to 27 as the region’s largest gathering for media professionals. Organized by the Dubai Press Club under the theme “The Future of Arab Media”, more than 3,000 delegates from around the world participate in the AMF.

Committees to govern AI

Dr. Fatmah highlighted the importance of giving AI purpose and objectives, transitioning from the traditional electronic world to a smarter one. “As there are variations in traditions and privacy concerns in different countries, international committees related to AI should define these principles,” Dr. Fatmah said.

Furthermore, he underlined the proactive role of these committees in staying at the forefront of AI developments and the importance of considering intellectual property (IP).

Younus Al Nasser, Deputy General Manager of Smart Dubai, also spoke on the panel. He emphasized the need for rapid adaptation to the fast-paced world of technology. He highlighted data dissemination, sharing and reliability in the context of AI.

“Partnerships between AI specialists and media representatives are important. Equally important is the role of ethics, transparency and data preservation,” he stated.

Industry-Specific AI Principles

Additionally, Al Nasser said Dubai is working to create sector-specific AI principles tailored to different industries.

“This is similar to the 100 practical applications and use cases of generative AI developed by the UAE Ministry of AI for entrepreneurs and media. [launched on Tuesday at the AMF]”he added.

Discussions also addressed the challenges and opportunities presented by AI. ElShimy said AI is part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“Over time, 16 percent of GDP will come from AI, which, in turn, will boost the economy and lead to a better life. It has many uses in education, agriculture, industry, etc. That being said, there are good and bad things about this show,” Al Nasser said. t

Speakers highlighted the importance of infusing AI with principles and morality to make it a flexible and beneficial tool, including in the media sector. “There is a need for human-machine collaboration and a responsibility to achieve positive outcomes,” Elshimy said.


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