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How AI is breaking out of silos to drive gains in healthcare, autonomous vehicles - and beyond

Human societies are defined by technologies: fire, electricity and the internet have been turning points for our civilization. Peng Xiao, Group CEO at G42 says that one technology promises to be even more transformative:

“Artificial intelligence, for the first time in human history, gives us a tool to transform our society, even without our direct interference.”

G42 is a technology holding company with multiple vertical businesses under sectors including smart cities, oil and gas and healthcare. Xiao has a vision for how AI will become truly transformative:

“Today we live in the age of artificial narrow intelligence. Many of the AI applications are very specifically focused on a particular domain. Our vision is that one day we can develop a general intelligence: AI that eventually can reach beyond the level of human intelligence.”

To realize the potential of AI, G42 has developed its own Cloud business. Talal Alkaissi, CEO at G42 Cloud explains the role this plays in the digital economy:

“Cloud presents an interesting value proposition for digital transformation. The Cloud enables the digital infrastructure and AI solutions to be dedicated to the industry verticals that we operate in. We provide Cloud as an outsourced utility, bringing down the total cost of ownership and managing the infrastructure scale.”

As more organizations realize the value of data, Alkaissi says that digital independence and digital sovereignty will become key issues for governments:

“G42 Cloud can enable governments to ensure data residency is maintained within the country. This inspires confidence for stakeholders with sensitive data to ensure that they are the owners of the destiny of that data, whether it’s monetization or ensuring that it’s kept secure.”

Security is also critical in the healthcare sector, where medical decisions can hinge on data. Ashish Koshy, CEO at G42 Healthcare says that digital tools could make us all healthier:

“We want to develop AI and digitization tools that reduce the healthcare burden, transitioning from sick care to preventive care. We have employed advanced AI techniques and vast computing resources to accelerate the detection of COVID-19 and our AI models can detect lung cancer, brain lesions, and cardiac abnormalities, facilitating advances in chronic disease management.”

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