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A NOT-SO-HEAVENLY NET

China’s facial recognition system known as “SkyNet”, literally translated as the “net of heaven”, will go hand in hand with a “social credit” system to be launched in 2020. There is an expression in Chinese that says the “net of heaven leaves no evil uncaught” but many people find the…

THE PURGE?

In a breathtaking display of outright Orwellian censorship, four major tech companies – Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify- colluded last month in what appeared to be a coordinated decision to de-platform Infowars, a popular and highly successful online news organization. For many people, this aggressive display of power by big…

THE HAJJ HACKATHON

Saudi Arabia holds many Guinness World Records, including the largest bottle of shampoo, the largest tea bag, the most school supplies donated in 24 hours and the biggest hydatid cyst removed from a patient. The kingdom set a record again last month for holding the largest hackathon ever. The Saudi…

HOW AI CAN DRIVE Economic DIVERSIFICATION

In a 2016 interview with al-Arabiya television, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman did not mince words when he said: “We have developed a case of oil addiction.” This is the central economic dilemma facing Saudi Arabia and the other oil-producing countries of the Middle East – their dependence…

PARADIGM SHIFT

Commenting on the conference theme “Paradigm Shift”, Julien Hawari, Co-CEO of Media quest Dubai, the company behind the conference, said a new ecosystem was needed to support the profound transformation taking place in the region. “This paradigm shift is paving the way for new cooperation and geopolitical equations” he said.…