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The Global AI Summit Is Coming To Saudi Arabia In October

There have been recent talks about Saudi Arabia hosting the 2020 Global AI Summit and this week the news has been made official: the Kingdom will be hosting what has been described as the world's premier platform for dialogue related to Artificial Intelligence (AI) on October 21 and 22. The upcoming edition, organized by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), will be held under the theme of “Artificial Intelligence For The Good Of Humanity.”  

For two days, Saudi Arabia will see the world’s leading experts, researchers, academics, tech companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and industry thinkers gather remotely for this one-of-a-kind, virtual summit, with the aim to build dialogues of global significance. Held under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the event will offer keynote speeches, dialogue sessions, panels, and interactive activities that cover a range of topics divided into four tracks: shaping the new normal, AI and governments, governing AI, and the future of AI.  

For the past few years, Saudi Arabia has been working on becoming a regional and global leader in the field of AI, and spearheading this shift across sectors have been its women. Indeed, the first woman in the Middle East to hold a PhD in Modern Artificial Intelligence is Dr. Fatmah Baothman, Jeddah born and based, and currently an Assistance Professor of Artificial Intelligent (AI) at King Abdulaziz University (KAU). 

When it comes to other fields such as the arts, Saudi Arabian women are also using AI in the most interesting ways. For instance, in the summer of last year, it was announced that two Saudi artists, Lulwah Al-Homoud and Daniah Al-Saleh, would be amongst leading artists participating in a major international exhibition in St. Petersburg, Russia, that aims to look at the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in modern art. 

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