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Dubai: OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman to headline World Government Summit – News

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Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2024, 9:17 p.m.

Last update: Tuesday, January 23, 2024, 11:42 p.m.

More than 300 prime ministers, heads of international organizations, business leaders and eight Nobel laureates will attend the World Government Summit (WGS), which will take place in Dubai from February 12 to 14.

The summit will focus on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) and will feature leading experts such as OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman and Jensen Huang, president of Nvidia Corporation. Additionally, the summit will host the annual meeting of the Time 100 AI list, which recognizes the most influential people in the field of artificial intelligence.

Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the WGS, highlighted the importance of AI due to its profound implications in our daily lives. He said: “AI will not change the world in the next five years, but it will change the world in the next 1,000 years. It will be a major change and we can solve many problems through AI.”

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Dubai will host leaders, experts and senior officials from more than 150 countries who will come together to shape future governments and explore innovative solutions to upcoming challenges.

The summit will feature 15 conferences dedicated to shaping the future of AI, government services, urbanization, education and smart mobility. In addition, there will be six additional conferences covering health, sustainable development, future economies and advanced technology.

More than 4,000 participants from the public and private sectors will participate in 110 interactive sessions, with 200 speakers representing 80 international, regional and intergovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Health Organization , the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Arab League.

Knowledge platform

“WGS has become a knowledge platform for new and innovative ideas. It serves as a meeting place for global minds working for the betterment of the world and its people,” said Al Gergawi.

He added: “We will witness the presence of future private sector creators in fields such as technology, energy, finance, transportation and more. This year’s summit will also host eight Nobel Prize winners and will feature 23 sessions “The names of world leaders attending the summit will be announced in the coming days.”

WGS will focus on six main themes, including government acceleration and transformation, artificial intelligence and the next frontiers, reinventing development and future economies, future societies and education, sustainability and new global changes, and urbanization and global health priorities.

Recognize outstanding contributions

WGS will also recognize the outstanding contributions of heads of government, private sector players and innovators towards a better future. These awards include the Best Minister Award, Dubai International Best Practices for Sustainable Development Award, Edge of Government Award, Best Government Application Award and Global Government Excellence Award.

Over the past 10 years, WGS has welcomed more than 50 presidents, 2,500 ministers, 1,550 speakers and 38,000 participants.

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