Du CEO claims Artificial intelligence to be a ‘tremendous opportunity’

This morning, Du CEO Osman Sultan, speaking to the World Government Summit, mentioned artificial intelligence can be a “tremendous opportunity” if the right conversations take place about its pros and cons.

The telco boss admitted the concerns of citizens about the speed of technological change, and its potential for “dehumanisation”. However, he reassured that “We have the time to plan this properly.”

He told the audience that, “We are a proud partner of Dubai Smart City. We have a Minister of AI. We have a Minister of Happiness and a Minister of Tolerance. They are all talking. Hopefully this will ensure a balance so that we seize the opportunity and avoid the downsides.”

Sultan mentioned that the world has moved from an era of “unshared certainties” to a period of hyper-connectivity, characterised by “shared uncertainties”. He also mentioned that fear of change has always lead to technological innovation, but that the downsides are “regulated along the way”.

The difference today, however “…is that it is happening much faster than before because the technology is changing so fast.” Sultan was speaking on the second of the three-day World Government Summit. Now in its sixth year, the annual summit in Dubai is providing 120 sessions with a aim on the theme “Shaping Future Governments.

 

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