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President of “Sdaya”: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an international example of responsible and ethical artificial intelligence

Riyadh (UNA/SPA) - The head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi, confirmed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an international example to be emulated in responsible and ethical artificial intelligence, and it has a number of national efforts in that aspect, the most important of which is approval The Council of Ministers decided to establish the International Center for Artificial Intelligence Research and Ethics, which will be headquartered in the city of Riyadh and enjoy legal personality and financial and administrative independence, indicating that our national framework for the ethics of artificial intelligence will soon be celebrated in Geneva during the World Summit on the Information Society Forum, and this is a new recognition of the Kingdom’s commitment and its constant keenness to implement these principles. Ethics globally.

This came in the speech he delivered yesterday, Wednesday, during the opening of the international consultation session on the international governance of artificial intelligence, which was organized by “Sdaya” in cooperation with the Advisory Body for Artificial Intelligence of the United Nations and the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), in the presence of His Excellency the Director General of ISESCO, Dr. Salem bin Mohammed Al-Malik, and a number of artificial intelligence governance experts from around the world, at the Authority’s headquarters in Riyadh.

Dr. Al-Ghamdi expressed his welcome to the members of the multi-stakeholder High-Level Advisory Body for Artificial Intelligence that was announced by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres last year to address international governance issues for artificial intelligence, noting that this session is a preparatory gesture for the holding of the third edition of the scheduled World Summit on Artificial Intelligence. It will be held in Riyadh next September.

He said: As we move forward with our ambitious initiatives in ethical artificial intelligence, we are inspired by the words of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. “I hereby call on all dreamers, innovators, investors and opinion leaders to join us here in the Kingdom to achieve together this ambition and build a model.” “A pioneer in unlocking the value of data and artificial intelligence to build knowledge economies and advance our present and future generations,” indicating that this opportunity can be used to form compatible visions, build bridges of understanding, and lay the foundation for a global framework for artificial intelligence governance that is fair and effective.

He added that the World Summit on Artificial Intelligence is a global platform that brings together artificial intelligence leaders and experts from all over the world to shape the future of artificial intelligence. He added that this day represents an important step towards shaping the future of artificial intelligence governance, as we host one of the largest international consultation sessions in cooperation with the Islamic World Educational Organization. science and culture represented by experts from 53 countries from different continents of the world; To exchange views on the initial report of the Advisory Body on International Governance of Artificial Intelligence.

He stated that artificial intelligence brings complex challenges that play a critical role in our security, privacy, work and cultural standards, and in response, governments, companies and international organizations are uniting to enhance awareness and formulate strong governance frameworks for artificial intelligence, stressing that the Kingdom is committed to harnessing the power of artificial intelligence responsibly and ethically.

For his part, the Director-General of ISESCO, Dr. Salem Al-Malik, stressed that artificial intelligence is the future, and this qualitative shift is not just a distant possibility, but rather a reality that is unfolding before us, which requires adopting a proactive, integrative and future-visionary approach to managing this transformation, indicating that artificial intelligence has become present in Everywhere, as 77% of the devices we use today contain some form of artificial intelligence.

He stated that in light of the rapid growth of artificial intelligence technologies, we face complex ethical, legal, and societal implications. This calls for the urgent need for effective governance of artificial intelligence, indicating that ISESCO is working to seamlessly integrate artificial intelligence into the work plans and executive programs of the organization throughout its member states and has given the utmost importance to the strategic dimensions, governance and ethics associated with artificial intelligence so that all member states reap its benefits.

He called for seizing the opportunity of holding this consultation session to reaffirm everyone's commitment to a future in which artificial intelligence is not just a force for change, but rather a tool for empowerment and advancement for future generations.

Members of the United Nations Advisory Board, His Excellency the Director-General of ISESCO, a number of those responsible for data governance and artificial intelligence, senior specialists in leading companies working in the field of artificial intelligence and technology, and a number of people interested in this field from various countries of the world participated in the international consultation session.

The participants discussed the United Nations report on the governance of artificial intelligence, and their dialogues reflected the desire to enhance dialogue and interaction between the parties concerned in this regard to ensure that the policies and measures taken reflect the needs and aspirations of the international community in the field of artificial intelligence.

The consultation session sought to foster a multi-faceted dialogue on engaging AI in society, and ensure that policies are supported by the latest research and practical insights by reviewing the topics of: educational differences and the skills gap in AI, constraints on resources and capital for young entrepreneurs, data security, and governance and regulation. Artificial Intelligence, in addition to shaping the dimensions of global governance of artificial intelligence, in line with the comprehensive vision and objectives of the third edition of the World Summit on Artificial Intelligence, which acts as a global platform for key stakeholders in the field of artificial intelligence.

Participants in the panel discussions accompanying the consultative session also addressed the topics of exploring opportunities and enabling factors in dealing with challenges and obstacles in the advancement of ethical artificial intelligence, and exchanging views on the modern landscape of artificial intelligence, which is characterized by rapid development.

The consultation session is one of the international efforts led by SDAIA. To enhance the Kingdom’s distinguished position in the field of data and artificial intelligence in conjunction with its recent announcement of organizing the World Summit on Artificial Intelligence in its third edition under the patronage of Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Prime Minister and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, during the period from 10 – Next September 12 in Riyadh.

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