The first Saudi Forum for the 4th Industrial Revolution, organized by KACST wrapped up last Thursday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after a two-day discussion on a variety of topics. The 4th Industrial Revolution Forum tackled the impact of emerging technologies on the future of transportation, building crisis-resistant healthcare systems, clean energy transformations, and building smart cities of the future, ecosystem restoration, and the future of finance.
“The industrial revolution regarding artificial intelligence techniques and the volume of big data will contribute significantly to the development of the health system in some countries,” Dr Abdul Qader Al-Maeen, head of the health sector at the Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence, said in a statement. Early diagnosis of breast cancer, which costs the state more than one million riyals to treat each patient yearly, will be available.
“By utilising artificial intelligence approaches, service users will be able to recognize early patients and give health care before the disease worsens and reaches late stages when treatment is no longer possible,” he added.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman sponsored the 4th Industrial Revolution Forum as part of their funding of Saudi Arabia’s research, development, and innovation system.