Pakistan’s place in Artificial Intelligence

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The President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi has written an opin­ion piece on Artificial Intelligence, discussing the coun­try’s slow progress in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

An opinion article has been published by Dr. Arif Alvi at one of the notable news media publications titled as “Pakistan’s place in artificial intelligence and computing”, the article explains how the world is just about to experience the fourth industrial revolution which is all about technology. In the detailed piece, the President ex­plains how different industrial revolutions have shaped the shape of society as we see it now and emphasizes on the need to stay abreast with the fourth industrial revolution.

The President seems to be an avid reader about technology and was able to form a thorough opinion on the subject matter. The opinion discussed the different technological inventions from different areas and included projects like IBM Deep Blue from 1997 to this year’s AlphaZero from Alphabet, the parent company of Google. Interestingly, an apt comparison between the traditional brute computation-based algorithms and modern machine-learning algorithms was also drawn.

The president cited that there exists a mismatch between the skill-set of Pakistani software engineers and the demands of industry, which is one of the main reasons behind Pakistan’s lack of contribu­tion in this field. Dr. Arif Alvi mentioned that a crash course devel­oped under the President’s Initiative on Artificial Intelligence and Computing will be educating as much as 100,000 youth later this year to fill the gap on an immediate basis.

He also mentioned that he would be working with the Vice Chancellors of various universities under his patronage to solve this problem in the longer run.

It’s a breath of fresh air to hear about such pressing issues from one of the highest state institutions in Pakistan, and we hope that the new Government keeps focusing on these issues to help Pakistan improve its standing in the rapidly advancing technological world.

Published in The Asian Telegraph on January 26th, 2019.

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