RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE are uniquely positioned to drive synthetic intelligence innovation post-coronavirus pandemic, a brand new report has revealed.
The findings of a YouGov survey commissioned by American analytics automation firm Alteryx confirmed that fifty p.c of the staff quizzed within the two international locations had been now in a position to automate their day-to-day duties.
And 58 p.c of employees questioned stated they had been in a position to produce sooner outcomes by using analytics expertise in comparison with 5 years in the past.
Compared, solely 16 p.c of staff within the UK, and 24 p.c in Germany, stated they might automate related duties, the report discovered.
YouGov surveyed greater than 300 staff in Saudi Arabia and the UAE who labored with knowledge in massive firms.
Nonetheless, the analysis found that inconsistently utilized coaching applications nonetheless hindered the area with solely present consultants — equivalent to certified knowledge scientists — receiving important upskilling. Highlighting the scope of this want, 97 p.c of Gulf staff agreed that coaching was obligatory for all employees that dealt with knowledge.
Muhammad Khurram Khan, a professor of cybersecurity at King Saud College in Riyadh, advised Arab Information: “The development of AI and automation has enabled machines to outperform human staff in additional elements, leading to enhanced productiveness, elevated effectivity, and diminished labor prices.”
He stated the Alteryx findings confirmed how Saudi Arabia and different Gulf international locations had turn into tech-savvy and prepared to undertake digital transformation.
“Saudi Arabia, as an early adopter of applied sciences, is harnessing the potential of AI with a plan to inject $135.2 billion into its economic system by 2030, equal to 12.4 p.c of the nationwide gross home product.
“This won’t solely make the Kingdom one of many world leaders in AI however may even remodel it right into a knowledge-based and data-driven economic system.
“Knowledge and AI are on the coronary heart of the Saudi Imaginative and prescient 2030, which has been manifested by the lately launched initiatives and techniques spearheaded by the Saudi Knowledge and AI Authority. This won’t solely develop Saudi Arabia as an information and AI powerhouse however may even make it a worldwide hub in analysis, improvement, enterprise, and innovation,” he added.
Khan identified that one of many obstacles which will hinder AI-driven improvements was the upskilling and reskilling of consultants and professionals with state-of-the-art instruments, methods, and data in knowledge science and analytics.
He stated: “Due to this fact, it’s crucial to launch fashionable instructional and coaching applications to maintain the workforce ready for brand new challenges on this subject.”
Tauseef Ahmad, a well being informatics analyst at King Saud College, advised Arab Information: “It’s inspiring to see the brand new findings with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf area adopting expertise to replace day-to-day operations. Latest years have seen fast adoption of up to date expertise.
“The report confirmed that staff’ productiveness elevated 58 p.c sooner as in comparison with 5 years in the past, which reveals that these vital successes might by no means have been achieved with out the assistance of knowledge scientists. Nonetheless, correct coaching and workshops would assist cowl the remaining 42 p.c of staff.
“By delivering a basis of knowledge abilities to all staff and eradicating the strain from knowledge and expertise groups, enterprise leaders can reduce the challenges they face,” he stated.
Because the development of AI and automation has enabled machines to outperform human staff, Saudi good apps equivalent to Absher, Tawakkalna, and Sehhaty have made issues simpler through the pandemic by providing progressive and good interactive companies to cater for public wants.
The variety of registered Absher customers exceeded 23 million final 12 months, with the platform offering greater than 300 particular person, enterprise, job seeker, and authorities e-services whereas additionally permitting on-line transactions.
The Tawakkalna app, launched final 12 months by Saudi authorities to assist monitor COVID-19 infections, is on the market in 75 international locations worldwide. It has been designed across the prevention and administration of COVID-19 and has a piece to assist individuals keep away from coming into areas with a excessive incidence of instances. The app has been up to date to point out the COVID-19 well being standing of a person.
The Saudi Ministry of Well being’s Sehhaty app allows customers to entry well being data and medical e-services supplied by well being organizations all through the Kingdom. These embody reserving appointments for COVID-19 exams and vaccine jabs, self-assessment checking, important indicators updates, monitoring prescribed medication, and retrieving and sharing sick leaves.