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World's first artificial intelligence university to open in Abu Dhabi

The UAE is rolling out its biggest effort yet to develop a workforce versed in artificial intelligence, as the rapidly-advancing technology transforms economies worldwide.

The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence is an open invitation from Abu Dhabi to the world to unleash AI’s full potential Dr Sultan Al Jaber To compete with more than a hundred graduate degree programmes in AI – mainly in North America, China and the UK – MBZUAI is offering full scholarships, monthly stipends, health insurance and accommodation to all students.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning, a subset of AI, are gaining leaps forward in mimicking human thinking – creating the building blocks for automatic systems that can be improved through experience and data.

As the technology evolves, applications for autonomous vehicles, robotics, data mining and precision medicine, among others, are taking off and creating lucrative opportunities.

AI is expected to add 14 per cent to the world’s gross domestic product by 2030, equivalent to $15.7 trillion (Dh57.7tn), according to business consultancy PwC.

Experts estimate that AI’s contribution to the UAE economy will match the global increase of 14 per cent – the largest GDP share in the Middle East – in the same time frame.

In 2017, the government rolled out an AI strategy, dubbed UAE 2031, outlining plans to use the technology to make governance more efficient and naming eight sectors it aims to transform including space, renewable energy, water and education.

“It’s a bit of a positioning game.” The money governments are investing is primarily going into research and development, workforce training, data infrastructure and governance, as well as helping start-ups grow, Mr Hamady said.

However, half of the amount was raised within this year, which might point to an upward trend, Sietse van de Kerkhof, a venture capital data manager at Magnitt, told The National.

Open Source, Artificial Intelligence, and LPI

I believe that LPI should invest in providing a certification path for some kind of machine learning, specifically geared to open source development in artificial intelligence.  Whatever you may think about automation and artificial intelligence from the perspective of what it will eventually mean for humanity, there's no question that some form of artificial intelligence is present in every aspect of our lives.

Smart systems like Google's Assistant are built using TensorFlow ( https://tensorflow.org ), an open source programming library that has become a kind of goto set of tools for anyone building machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing (as in your smart speaker), or neural network based applications.

In 2015, it's AlphaGo program beat Fan Hui, the European champion Go player, 5 games to zero, in a demonstration that a machine learning system could learn to win a game so complex, with so many combinations and permutations, that it was deemed nigh impossible for a computer to win.  AlphaGo continued to flex it's machine learning muscles until, in 2017, it beat Ke Jie, the reigning world champion of Go.  Later that same year, a next generation system, AlphaZero taught itself to play Go in less than three days then went on to beat AlphaGo 100 games to zero.  Fast forward to 2018.

Since full automation is the logical end game for what we've come to think of as systems administration, and since pretty much all of this smart technology runs on Linux servers, and is built on open source software and tools, we must embrace the technology and direct it, making sure that intelligent machines have our collective human best interests at heart.

It behooves us to make sure that when fully autonomous systems take over, that we have done everything we can to make sure that they operate on safe and ethical principles.  Furthermore, as the need for classic administration fades into history, it is those people with the skills to tackle these marvellous new technologies who will benefit from a slightly longer career.