UAE: Sheikh Mohammed asks for study on ChatGPT, how it can safely benefit govt

The report would gauge the impact of such technologies on education, health, media and other sectors

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Published: Mon 6 Feb 2023, 6:29 PM

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The UAE Cabinet has asked the authorities concerned to assess new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies such as ChatGPT and how the government can use them safely.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said the study would gauge the impact of such technologies on education, health, media and other sectors.

This came as Sheikh Mohammed chaired a UAE Cabinet meeting on Monday.

ChatGPT uses AI to convincingly mimic human writing. The software by California company OpenAI has been trained on billions of words and tonnes of online data, enabling it to write surprisingly human-like texts, including passable school essays.

ChatGPT can generate articles, essays, jokes and even poetry in response to prompts. Backed by Microsoft Corp, OpenAI made the technology available to the public for free in late November.

The UAE Cabinet approved a policy to raise the efficiency of government work through the use of AI technologies. The policy includes standards and guidelines that guarantee safe use of AI. The policy aims at increasing the productivity and efficiency in various sectors, enhancing competitiveness and the quality of government services, and providing more training opportunities for employees.

National policies for cybersecurity

The Cabinet approved the national policies for IoT security, cybersecurity accreditation and cloud security. Some other related policies to providing solutions for current and future challenges were also approved. The meeting also approved the formation of a national committee to combat cyber-attacks.

Made in UAE

The Cabinet adopted a decision on updating the ‘Made in UAE’ unified national mark ecosystem, in order to support national products. The update includes simplifying the procedures for obtaining the mark, allowing industrial facilities in free zones to obtain it, and confirming the facility's commitment to product safety through the application of conformity standards.


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