Kuwait, the latest in the Gulf, in “the government’s readiness for artificial intelligence”


Kuwait ranked last in the Gulf and 54 globally out of 172 countries, in the “government readiness for artificial intelligence” index issued by the Oxford Insight Foundation and the Center for International Development Research.

According to the index, the total number of points that the country achieved was 50.61 out of 100, distributed over a number of measures, including data availability by 71.35 points, digital capacity by 65.09 points, infrastructure by 76.34 points, while the country recorded 35.55 points in capital. Human, 39.51 in innovative ability, 51.12 in governance and ethics, 48.92 in adaptability, in addition to 26.93 in the size of artificial intelligence, and 81.94 in data representation, while it scored zero points in the level of vision In this sector.

For its part, the UAE came first in the Gulf after achieving the 16th position in the world, followed by Qatar in the 37th place, Saudi Arabia 38, while Bahrain ranked 43rd in the world, and Oman ranked 48th.

As for the top of the world ranking, it was the United States’ share, followed by Britain and Finland, then Germany, Sweden and Singapore, along with South Korea, Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway.

In a related development, a report accompanying the index mentioned that, in the midst of the Coronavirus epidemic, the strategic importance of artificial intelligence for governments around the world has become more evident, indicating that the applications of this field have become effective, especially in the pharmaceutical companies sector that use artificial intelligence to help them develop treatments And new drugs, as well as enabling many governments to manage the epidemic crisis through various applications.

According to the report, the results of the countries of the Middle East region showed a wide variation in the index, as the UAE scored one of the best results, being among the top twenty, while Yemen achieved the lowest ranking in the index, and due to this wide disparity between the countries of the region, the average score achieved by the countries reached 44.39 points.

The report concluded that many countries in the region face barriers that hinder them in building their readiness for artificial intelligence, indicating that countries without data will face an escalating battle in terms of reaping the benefits of artificial intelligence, even if the implementation of these technologies becomes a tangible reality at a later stage.

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