Ethics around AI should reflect diverse beliefs, says UAE minister

Dubai: Omar Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, and Deputy Director General of Dubai Future Foundation, today called for a new approach to how countries govern AI, urging the global community to reach a consensus on AI governance before climate change.

Al Olama emphasized the importance of ensuring that governance and ethics around AI align with the values ​​and beliefs of diverse populations, highlighting the UAE’s commitment to creating a framework that recognizes the country’s unique cultural diversity; Home to residents of more than 200 nationalities.

He highlighted the importance of using AI to improve quality of life, not just increase productivity.

“I believe that the current global debate on AI governance is beginningless. You cannot govern AI. Instead of trying to govern the technology, we can govern the use cases,” he said during a fireside chat with CNN’s Eleni Giokos, titled ‘Navigating the GenAI frontier: A UAE perspective’, during the Dubai Assembly for AI Generative.

The event is held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation.

Al Olama said that the UAE is actively exploring opportunities in generative AI, expanding its scope of application and establishing essential platforms for practical use cases of AI that harness its potential for the betterment of humanity. This underlines the principle that forward-thinking governments are best placed to lead the development of AI and its future applications.

“While governments and societies should openly address concerns around AI, fear should not dominate the debate.”

The minister urged people not to be carried away by the fear of losing their jobs, but to channel their anxiety towards empowerment. He also emphasized the importance of adopting the necessary tools and involving others along the way to harness the potential of AI to bring about positive change.

Al Olama, who was recently named by Time magazine among the 100 most influential people in AI, highlighted the UAE’s journey as an early adopter of AI.

He said: “During my tenure as AI Minister, I had to justify the importance of what we were doing. Today, the debate is very different; “It is that the United Arab Emirates is far ahead and others are looking to catch up.”

The Dubai Assembly for Generative AI brings together more than 1,800 officials, experts and decision-makers from around the world. Hosted by the Dubai Future Foundation, the GenAI Assembly will take place from October 11 to 12 at the Museum of the Future and AREA 2071.

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