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Robots Are Coming to Dubai

28 Mar 2017

Artificial Intelligence is the future of the city

Fancy interacting with a robot?

Dubai will soon be introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in its government sectors, reports Khaleej Times.

An AI smart lab, launched on Monday during a workshop by the Smart Dubai Office and Smart Dubai Government Establishment, will begin training government employees and private sector officials to implement AI in a number of tasks that will make residents' lives easier, according to officials

But will it impact jobs?

Dr Noah Raford, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, said the technology will be more like a helpful colleague.

"Intelligent robots won't handle specific human relation interaction, but will become a tool in serving and supporting the human being. Therefore, it isn't very effective for us as governments and colleagues to think that robots will be stealing our jobs," said Raford, adding that AI should be thought of as 'New Collar Jobs'.

The lab will begin training a batch of 200 people next month, and will later on be open to researchers, students and the general public.

Dr Aisha bint Butti bin Bishr, Director-General of Smart Dubai Office said, "To move towards the future, we have to redefine government and embed AI in our services. We have no choice but to embrace technology."

Do you think we'll benefit from AI? We hope so!