UAE AI Minister: Global consensus needed on AI governance

The AI assembly was attended by over 2,000 attendees and featured a number of big tech companies and consultancies such as Microsoft, Deloitte, PwC and IBM

The global community must come to a consensus on AI governance sooner than it did on climate change, the UAE’s AI minister has said.

His Excellency Omar Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy & Remote Work Applications, said at the Dubai Assembly for Generative AI that countries need a fresh approach to governing AI.

“I think the current global discussion on AI governance is a non-starter,” he said during a fireside chat with CNN’s Eleni Giokos, titled ‘Navigating the GenAI Frontier: A UAE Perspective’. “Instead of attempting to govern the technology, we can govern the use cases.”

HE Al Olama said the UAE is actively exploring opportunities in generative AI, broadening its application scope, and establishing essential platforms for AI practical use cases that harness its potential for the betterment of humanity. 

“While governments and societies must openly address concerns around AI, fear should not dominate the discussion,” he added.

Generative AI Alliance to help region accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies

During the assembly – which witnessed over 2,000 attendees and featured a number of big tech companies and consultancies such as Microsoft, Deloitte, PwC and IBM – Dubai Future Foundation launched the Dubai Generative AI Alliance, a new alliance of tech companies to help Dubai accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies and build one of the world’s most advanced and effective tech-enabled governments.

At the event, Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of DFF, called on companies and innovators to join the alliance, which will focus on developing innovative technology pilots by leveraging AI, the metaverse and Web3. 

During his keynote session on Day 1 of the assembly, he spoke about the importance of government preparedness in the context of regulating generative AI.

“We need to understand how we can regulate something as big as AI. We need to get started now,” he said, calling for ‘global unity to solve big matters’.

“This is one of the big matters and we need to work hand-in-hand. We need joint alliances to design and develop the most effective and resilient regulations.”

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