GITEX showcases latest trends in Artificial Intelligence technology

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The 38th edition of GITEX Technology Week has wrapped up in Dubai.

The five-day event hosted around 4,500 exhibitors from more than 100 different countries.

An estimated 100,000 visitors attended the annual event which focused on Artificial Intelligence as a key theme.

Industry titans such as Google, Amazon, Alibaba and LinkedIn came together to discuss the latest trends.

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Google’s Chief Decision Scientist Cassie Kozyrkov (left), LinkedIn’s Chief Data Officer Igor Perisic (center) and Alibaba’s Chief Machine Intelligence Scientist Wanli Min (right) debate on how AI is transforming decision making in major sectors

On the hot topic of AI investment, the CDO of the networking and jobs portal Linkedin, Igor Perisic, spoke of the “blind spots” that companies integrating the technology into their businesses must be aware of.

Read our full interview with LinkedIn’s Igor Perisic here. [link to interview]

Alibaba’s Chief Machine Intelligence Scientist, Wanli Min also explored how emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles and building smarter cities could meet the demands of swelling populations.

One of his AI-driven visions for future urbanism is Alibaba’s ‘City Brain’ project – a cloud geared towards streamlining traffic, detecting accidents and improving transport efficiency.

Read our full interview with Alibaba’s Wanli Min and find out more about the ‘City Brain’ here. [link to interview]

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web also made an appearance at GITEX and presented the concept behind his ‘Solid’ platform. The platform, developed in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a set of conventions and tools which aim to address data ownership issues and give more freedom to users.

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Inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee presents ‘Solid’ to the GITEX audience

Another highlight from this year’s event was the Supernova Challenge, comprising of four sponsored competitions looking for original ideas to advance the tech sector in the Middle East. With total prize money of $180,000, the focus was on finding digital solutions to everyday issues, from booking healthcare appointments to securing new employment.

Also on the ground were a variety of established specialised companies, displaying tech-savvy solutions of their own.

Robotikworld is a Dubai-based consultancy providing UAE firms with AI robotic services, such as making on-time deliveries to hotels and scanning passports and credit cards securely without human interaction.

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Robotikworld’s Robot-Concierge can take and print photos, scan passports, dance, and answer questions

“[This system] will give you all the information you need, exactly, without mistakes,” says the company’s CEO, Amro Kamel.

In the Middle East and North Africa, companies are forecast to spend $155 billion on information technology by the end of 2018, which is a 3.4 percent year-on-year- increase, according to Gartner.

The research firm also predicts that the global business value from artificial intelligence will increase by 70% to $1.2 trillion in 2018 compared to last year.

GITEX FANS POSE WITH THEIR FAVOURITE ROBOTS

Eva from Slovenia – a repeat visitor of five-years to GITEX – says she keeps returning as “it’s not just about IT, it’s more a vision of tomorrow.”

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Turkey widens Jamal Khashoggi probe

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Controversy continues to surround the case behind the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Police are investigating the disappearance of the journalist who they believe was killed by Saudi agents inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul.

Meanwhile, the looming divorce could take much longer. The UK’s transition out of the EU could be extended by “a matter of months”. Prime Minister Theresa May brought up the possibility of an extension during meetings with EU leaders in Brussels on Wednesday.

Also, more than 300,000 homes were left without power after one of Portugal’s most powerful storms hit over the weekend.
These are some of the stories retracing the major current events covered by the Euronews editorial team presented by Elayne Wangalwa

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‘I won’t let us go down without a serious s**t fight,’ says Tory MP in foul-mouthed anti-May rant

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Preview A Tory MP has labeled Theresa May’s Conservatives a “s**t show,” declaring that if he wasn’t a politician, he wouldn’t vote for his own party. He added that, if offered, he wouldn’t accept a ministerial post in the cabinet.
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Cameroon presidential results expected on October 22 – Info Minister

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Results of Cameroon’s October 7 presidential elections are expected on Monday, according to the Information Minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakary. The minister was speaking in an interview with French channel, RFI.

His comments come less than 24-hours after the Constitutional Council dismissed 18 petitions brought by individuals and parties seeking partial to total cancellation of the process.

#Cameroon: Election results expected on Monday, ITBakary tells RFIAfrique. #Etoudi2018 #Cameroun— Daniel Finnan (@Daniel_Finnan) October 19, 2018

The Council – the ultimate judicial body for poll challenges – had earlier struck off 16 of the 18 petitions before listening to submissions from main opposition Social Democratic Front, SDF, and Cameroon Renaissance Movement, CRM, the two that were passed for hearing.

On Thursday evening, after two days of hearing submissions by legal representatives of the two parties, the Council unanimously ruled that the cases lacked merit and subsequently threw the out.

The election body, ELECAM, and ruling CPDM mounted strong challenges during the hearing arguing that the October 7 vote had passed the democratic test.

ELECAM passed nine candidates including incumbent Paul Biya. The 85-year-old is widely expected to be announced winner of the polls. He will secure a seven-year mandate that will extend his time in power to over four decades.

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Tunisians wade through mud after floods

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Residents of the city of Mohamedia in Tunisia have begun cleaning up the damage caused by floods that killed at least five people in the north of the country.

In some areas, water is sometimes up to two meters at night destroying houses and stalls.

“This is the third time this disaster has occurred, it is not the first time, each time they say that ‘they (the authorities) will do something, we will do something but nothing is done’‘, said Abdelazziz El-Kahbi, a resident of Mohamedia.

“What we want is a permanent solution, once and for all, it’s not enough to just come here, clean up and give us some equipment”, said Raouda Jalassi, another stricken resident of Mohamedia .

In M’Hamdia, a rural village some 15 km south of Tunis, families spent the night on their roofs on the night of Wednesday to Thursday to escape the floods.

Many roads and some railway lines were cut off on Thursday. Schools in greater Tunis and several other regions also remain closed while public transport has been affected according to AFP.

Two people died in the North-West Kef region, a 48-year-old man in Grombalia (north-east), a 40-year-old man in Kasserine (west) and a six-year-old boy in the neighboring region of Sidi Bouzid (center), according to spokesman of the Civil Protection, Moez Triaa.

These floods occur less than a month after torrential rains that had killed at least five people in North-East Cape Bon. 

The rainfall on Wednesday night was twice as low as that recorded on September 22 at Cape Bon, but the situation was aggravated by the same factors. 

The population complains of the poor maintenance of the water evacuation systems, uncontrolled constructions or the obstruction of wadis a channel that is dry except in the raining season, however crucial to channel the strong floods.

AFP

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