“It is no secret that the UAE wants to become a world power in robotics and AI. Until now, this focus has revolved around creating new industries or attracting talent. This has not been cause for alarm as military robots would be, but the UAE might soon raise eyebrows. For instance, it wants AI to increase its revenue from oil and natural gas by 2.85 billion USD by 2020. The UAE could put AI in charge of setting oil output levels. This would have a dramatic effect on the Middle East. If the country trusted AI rather than following the lead of Saudi Arabia or the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Nations (OPEC), this would create new divisions,” says Abishur Prakash, a geopolitical futurist and author focused on how new technologies, such as AI, blockchain, gene editing, and virtual reality will transform geopolitics.
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