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Coexistence of Evolution and Innovation

If we spend time analysing and debating whether artificial intelligence will replace humans, we would have settled for promoting artificial intelligence and contributing to restricting our minds. Artificial intelligence can only evolve and progress with the information, ideas, innovations, and new concepts humans provide.

By Darine Saleh
 If humans, who possess the ability to be creative, inventive, and uniquely expressive, surrender to artificial intelligence, then they acknowledge that humans only use 10% of their minds.

Although research and studies have confirmed that this theory is incorrect and that the human brain functions highly efficiently, utilising its full potential in various mental and cognitive tasks.

Initially, progress in artificial intelligence faced technological limitations and high costs. In 1956, the Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence was organised, a research project established by John McCarthy, Marvin Minsky, and Nathaniel Rochester. This project was crucial in promoting and advancing the field of artificial intelligence, laying the foundation for future research.

The target audience is one of the factors in the coexistence between human evolution and artificial intelligence. Film series like "Terminator," "The Matrix," and the film "Matrix: Resurrection" are examples of this.

The anticipated movie "The Creator," scheduled for release on September 23, 2023, is expected to reveal the audience's visions of coexistence between humans and artificial intelligence in a future affected by war. Artificial intelligence in the film is a humanoid robot seeking to destroy a city bearing the same name.

It is worth noting that the first film in artificial intelligence was a German expressionist film titled "Metropolis," released on January 10, 1927.

In terms of historical development, artificial intelligence witnessed significant progress between 1957 and 1974, with the development of deep learning techniques and specialised systems. In the 1980s, the field experienced another notable advancement with the progress of storage and processing technologies.

The advancement of artificial intelligence is due to technological progress and increased processing power. This progress has led to breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, benefiting various industries in areas such as technology, banking, marketing, entertainment, and more.

In the realm of numbers and reports, a summary of the World Bank for 2022 indicates that artificial intelligence (AI) is a crucial priority for companies in the market. Global corporate investments in artificial intelligence increased by 40% between 2019 and 2020, reaching $67.9 billion, and according to a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, US investments in artificial intelligence increased 17-fold between 2001 and 2019. Other reports indicate that the European Union's investments in artificial intelligence are expected to reach €22.4 billion by 2025.

Leading countries in artificial intelligence consider themselves to have a competitive advantage in a world characterised by globally interconnected supply chains. On the other hand, developing countries see artificial intelligence as a means to excel, achieve essential development in their countries, and improve the lives of their citizens.

The "United Arab Emirates Artificial Intelligence Strategy" launched by the government in October 2017 is the first strategy of its kind in the region and the world. It aims to achieve celebratory goals for the UAE's centenary in 2071 by enhancing government performance at all levels and utilising an integrated intelligent digital system capable of overcoming challenges and providing effective and rapid solutions.

The strategy also aims to make the UAE a leader in artificial intelligence investments across various sectors and create a new vibrant market with high economic value.

If these data indicate anything, artificial intelligence is not a substitute for humans but rather a partner to them. The collaboration between humans and artificial intelligence can lead to significant progress and immense benefits for society and humanity.

Artificial intelligence specialists in the Arab world need to identify the existing gaps in the field of artificial intelligence and address its challenges and limitations, including making progress in multiple languages, specifically in the Arabic language. Language is our weapon, and Arabic is our language, used by approximately 237 million people on the internet, representing 5.2% of internet users worldwide.

Furthermore, it is crucial for the countries in the region to swiftly establish an ethical framework and clear laws to govern the use of artificial intelligence and ensure its alignment with our region's values and ethical principles. This is necessary to maintain the coexistence of development and innovation.

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Darine Saleh
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