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Geek Express Magazines
August 24, 2020
Edtech startup Geek Express raises $520K Pre-Series A funding

Geek Express, an Edtech platform that teaches students STEAM through a comprehensive Arabized journey of online classes and do it yourself technology boxes, has raised a $520K Pre-Series A round, from National Talents, IM Capital, Lebanese angel investor, and DHV partners. 

• Geek Express has democratised technology, making it available to all youths independent of age and background. Students at Geek Express have the option of learning how to code, design, build, and create tangible projects that translate into reality.
• Geek Express has over 1800 active students across the MENA region, ranging from K-12 to high schoolers.
•  The funds will be used to accelerate the development of the platform and secure content partnerships in 2020, before reaching the profitability and growth stage in 2021.

Manal Hakim, Co-Founder and CEO said, “The round is strategic given that National Talents are an EdTech partner in Saudi, which helps us penetrate the market and expand our reach... I’m really proud to state that we have a 60%-40% female to male ratio between our team and students.”

Connect with and message Geek Express on their MAGNiTT profile.

Geek Express, an Edtech startup based in Beirut and Dubai has successfully closed a $520K Pre-Series A round from National Talents, IM capital, Lebanese angel investor, and DHV partners. This new round brings the total investment raised by the startup to $860K after an angel round closed in early 2019.

Founded in 2017 by Manal Hakim, and Rayan Najdi, Geek Express enables youth in the MENA region with the STEAM skills needed in today’s world. The STEAM-based learning experiences range from DIY boxes complimented by self-paced video lessons, to a comprehensive hybrid tech journey that includes camps and live online courses. All services and courses are accessed through a gamified app where students can engage, book, compete, and educate themselves at their own pace.

Geek Express has democratised technology, making it available to all youths independent of age and background. Students at Geek Express have the option of learning how to code, design, build, and create tangible projects that translate into reality. This is how students are able to process the concept and further develop their cognitive skills.

Today, Geek Express has over 1800 active students across the MENA region, ranging from K-12 to high schoolers.

“We’ve achieved great success in creating a hybrid learning model, teaching relevant skills to today’s youth,” says Najdi, co-founder and COO, “we believe Geek Express sets the foundation of a futuristic school whereby thousands of MENA students will have access to STEAM skills from the comfort of their homes.”

The key differentiator behind this platform is the ability to offer an engaging & unique tech journey, where students learn the fundamentals of coding, engineering, and digital design early on and through their preferred medium.

With a team of 13 developers and community managers and 200+ teachers, this startup represents a scalable model producing its own IP, one of which is the DIY MAKERBOX, self-paced video lessons, and accredited STEM curriculums.

“The round is strategic given that National Talents are an EdTech partner in Saudi, which helps us penetrate the market and expand our reach,” says Hakim, co-founder and CEO, “I’m really proud to state that we have a 60%-40% female to male ratio between our team and students.”

The round will allow the Ed-Tech hub to accelerate the development of the platform and secure content partnerships in 2020, before reaching the profitability and growth stage in 2021.


Are you a startup looking for investment? Apply for funding to 85+ investors now.

Fintech continues to grow exponentially in Saudi Arabia, with the Kingdom's market expected to reach transaction values of over USD 33 billion by 2023! Access more trends and data in the recently launched Fintech Saudi Annual Report 2019-2020.

Geek Express Magazines
July 16, 2020
The Key To Future Job Security

DUBAI: Advances in technology continue to redefine the ways in which we think, work, live and interact with people and our surroundings. As a result, many traditional careers are in decline, which raises important questions for young people in particular.

Will the number of jobs that are rendered obsolete by the rapid pace of technological change be greater than the new opportunities and career options it creates? And, crucially, what are the key subjects to study and skills to learn to keep in step with the times and future-proof career options?

According to Manal Hakim, the founder and CEO of Geek Express, an educational-technology platform, the key to future job security lies in predicting changes in employment roles and learning the skills needed to adapt to them. In the next decade, for example, it is estimated that the increased use of AI in all sectors will eliminate 75 million jobs, but create 133 million, she said.

Many future jobs will be based, to a significant degree, on “coding, robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) skills,” said Hakim, adding that demand will grow for workers proficient in jobs such as data analysis, software and app development, robotics, and e-commerce and social media.

The importance of, and emphasis placed on, STEM education lies in the fact that it focuses on real-world applications of the four disciplines through a cohesive learning approach. Considered by education experts as a driver of sustainable growth in Gulf Cooperation Council countries, STEM-related classes are offered across the region, through workshops in schools and also as standalone courses.

By teaching students as young as five years old the fundamentals of skills such as coding, robotics and design, STEM education is laying the “foundation of both education and innovation,” said Hakim.

She describes coding, robotics and design as the “new universal language,” and an integral part of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) education, which is an integrated approach to learning designed to encourage students to think more broadly about real-world problems.

There is already a shift underway in education, with a growing emphasis on dedicated lessons on coding and STEM skills for children in the earliest grades, according to Cody Claver, general manager of accredited online school iCademy Middle East.

“Students are drawn to the futuristic skills they see as fun and engaging,” he said.

He believes that students who acquire technological skills in a focused, purposeful way, and also gain familiarity with learning in a technological environment, end up as assets for potential employers.

Currently, Geek Express provides private, live online coaching to 1,200 students between the ages of 5 and 17 in Beirut, Dubai, Jeddah and Doha. It uses a “futuristic school” model that offers a range of learning options, in English and Arabic, that students can work through at their own pace, including hands-on projects, private lessons, semester-long classes and educational holiday camps.

The main focus, said Hakim, is to teach young people how to code so that they become “creators of technology” and not simply passive users. More than 30 courses are available, beginning with block-based coding logic for the youngest students, followed by more complex algorithms, game design, app and web development, and advanced classes on data science and AI.

“A child should be able to design his or her own app, not only use it,” Hakim said.

The importance of preparing young minds to adapt to future job-market demands might transform our ideas about, and approach to, education, said Claver.

“I believe we will see a continued re-imagination on the part of companies such as Google, Amazon and the like, to have students bypass traditional university structures and train directly with them,” he said.

Given the rapid changes in technology, and the resultant evolution of the job market, how prepared are education authorities to ensure students meet future employment demands? This is a particularly important question for the Middle East and North Africa region, where nearly half of the population is under the age of 24, according to data from UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund?

Three main criteria will determine job security in the years ahead, particularly for those born since 1995: flexibility, diversity of qualifications, and technological skills.

Emma Whale, vice president of Schools education company Pearson Middle East, said that educators and regional governments are making concerted efforts to ensure these criteria are recognized as the gateway to future employability, but there are also other factors that create a gap between skills and jobs.

“The gap is also about language proficiency, and those uniquely human skills that will differentiate us in the future from AI,” said Whale.

Hakim said that efforts are already being made to ensure young people learn the skills they need for the future but more can be done.

“There have been great initiatives in the region, such as the UAE’s One Million Arab Coders and the Saudi Vision 2030 for education,” she said.

However, she said that the growing need for STEM skills is outpacing the slow process of change to curricula in the region and around the world.

“I believe the best ways to fill the gap are broader and bolder (education) reforms, and consistent collaboration between the private and public sectors to build momentum for STEM adoption across private and public schools, homes, activity centers, camps and youth programs, with this model as the foundation for all education,” said Hakim.

Proper analysis of employment trends is also important when preparing for the future as it provides valuable pointers for educators and policymakers. A survey by education provider Pearson Global, for example, found that 79 percent of respondents felt they should do more to develop their knowledge of STEM subjects.

“An understanding of in-demand skills such as coding, UX (user experience) design, cloud computing and analytical reasoning helps people to expand their knowledge and capabilities and set themselves apart from other (job) candidates,” said Whale.

She also listed creative thinking, reasoning, collaboration, strong interpersonal communication, emotional quotient, diversity and cultural intelligence as ranking high among sought-after personal skills in the job market.

The half-life of job skills — meaning the amount of time it takes for half of the knowledge associated with those skills to becomes irrelevant — has fallen from 30 years to an average of just six years. As a result, Whale said: “Companies in the future will look at hiring candidates with a desirable mix of hard and soft skills.” Hard skills are related to technical knowledge and training, while soft skills are personality traits such as leadership and communication.

While endorsing the value of a broad academic grounding, she said it is important for students with a clear idea of the industries they might want to work in to follow a clear vocational pathway, which can provide a faster track to employment.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is being fueled by a fusion of technologies that blur the lines between the physical, digital and biological. The key to success in the job market during this era will be to welcome change and celebrate it, said Whale.

“It’s time for all of us to begin acquiring skills that will make us valuable resources in the future workplace,” she added.

Geek Express Magazines
June 4, 2020
Why You Should Care about Artificial Intelligence
Despite the term Artificial Intelligence being present back in 1940’s, Artificial Intelligence has gained substantial popularity in the past 5 years to the point where you cannot have a business meeting, attend a technology seminar or discuss future opportunities without hearing the term AI. Experts from health, education, engineering and marketing are all advocating that AI will disrupt their industries in a matter of years! But what is AI? Why is it so popular now? Can machines really think? And if they do, what does it mean in our daily lives?


Definition and Example: 

Let’s start by defining AI. Artificial Intelligence is a field combining computer science, and mathematics giving the ability for a machine/program to detect patterns, learn from them and make decisions without being explicitly told (or coded) to do so. 
For a simpler analogy, consider this: Suppose you want to create a program that predicts the weather for the upcoming days based on previous weather conditions. In normal programming, a programmer must link (code) each previous weather condition to a certain forecast, for example:
If yesterday the sky was clear & no windè next day will be clear
You can tell from above why such a forecast has a huge margin of error: The variables and combination of patterns are infinite; no human can actually code all conditions and link them to a specific forecast (no wonder you still can’t trust your local weather guy).
Enters Artificial Intelligence. With AI, a programmer can, through large amounts of data and fancy linear algebra, train a program to detect a combination of weather conditions and draw results from them. This way, our beloved weather guy can input any weather condition into our AI program which will detect the relevant pattern and give us the forecast up to 90% accuracy!
So when you hear the word AI, do not think about the Terminator telling us to get down, simply think of cool linear algebra mixed with advanced computer science enabling a program to detect patterns from large amounts of data, learn and draw results from them! Sounds simple enough, right?


If it’s that simple why is everyone talking about it? Why is it so important?

Well because this simple analogy (Ability for a machine to detect patterns and rules, learn from them and draw results) offers us infinite possibilities. You just have to look out there and see how many decisions humans make simply from previously learnt patterns and set rules:
• A doctor reads a CT scan and makes his early diagnosis based on set rules and the experience he acquired throughout the years 
• A driver reacts to a certain road condition based on set rules and the experience he acquired throughout the years 
• A banker assesses a loan risk margin based on set rules and the experience he acquired throughout the years
Imagine now a program that can take the experience of not one doctor/driver/banker but thousands of them, abide by set rules and draw results in a matter of seconds with a very high accuracy rate!! Well, that’s the power of AI.
With self-driving cars, AI powered scans and AI powered security systems, we are now able to eliminate fatal human errors across many industries simply because we needed a different kind of intelligence to handle these tasks for us; hint: an artificial one!


Does it already exist? If so, what’s next? 

You can definitely see AI all around us. Your Netflix recommendation list, Alexa giving us the daily news, Gmail throwing spam emails in junk are all examples of AI integrated into your favorite apps seamlessly!
With the power of computers doubling every 18 months, there is no doubt that AI applications will touch every aspect of our lives within the next 20 years. In the near future, you’d be able to relax on your way home in your driverless car while an AI Chatbot is helping you choose the perfect birthday gift for your friend. 


Is it dangerous? What do we have to pay attention to?

Stephen Hawking, one of the brightest minds to ever cross earth once said that AI can be the best or the worst thing that has ever happened to humankind. As mentioned before, according to Moore’s law computer power is doubling every 18 months, so it will not be long before humans can create AI programs that can outsmart themselves (An AI giving birth to a smarter AI). In these cases (what scientists call a singularity), we better make sure that we have enough regulations and rules to protect us!
But before we talk about a SKYNET scenario (If you don’t know what it is, you should watch Terminator, it’s a great movie after all), developers need to keep an eye on a lot of short-term problems which might arise from implementing AI. Especially the problem of bias: If an AI model is trained on non-diversified data, it can create racial, gender or ideological biased decisions. Imagine an AI powered airport security system that flags people from a specific ethnicity as threats just because the training data used to build the model was biased/not inclusive!
I’d like to think of AI not as artificial intelligence but rather as augmented intelligence, giving humans the power to extend their intelligence and make faster and better decisions once implemented right.


A bit of philosophy and Physics:

Max Planck, Nobel Prize physicist, was convinced that the world is deterministic, that is if at any stage we know the state of all matter in our universe, we can predict its outcome/future. Of course, quantum physics saved our free will with a probabilistic model of the universe, at least on a quantum level.
I’d like to think that with the power of AI, we can now stress test Planck’s determinism and see how much we can reduce human behavior to a combination of patterns and pre-defined rules while leaving the rest to what philosophers call free will, physicists say quantum probability and we call AI error margin. 

~Rayan Najdi, COO

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Geek Express Magazines
August 24, 2020
Edtech startup Geek Express raises $520K Pre-Series A funding

Geek Express, an Edtech platform that teaches students STEAM through a comprehensive Arabized journey of online classes and do it yourself technology boxes, has raised a $520K Pre-Series A round, from National Talents, IM Capital, Lebanese angel investor, and DHV partners. 

• Geek Express has democratised technology, making it available to all youths independent of age and background. Students at Geek Express have the option of learning how to code, design, build, and create tangible projects that translate into reality.
• Geek Express has over 1800 active students across the MENA region, ranging from K-12 to high schoolers.
•  The funds will be used to accelerate the development of the platform and secure content partnerships in 2020, before reaching the profitability and growth stage in 2021.

Manal Hakim, Co-Founder and CEO said, “The round is strategic given that National Talents are an EdTech partner in Saudi, which helps us penetrate the market and expand our reach... I’m really proud to state that we have a 60%-40% female to male ratio between our team and students.”

Connect with and message Geek Express on their MAGNiTT profile.

Geek Express, an Edtech startup based in Beirut and Dubai has successfully closed a $520K Pre-Series A round from National Talents, IM capital, Lebanese angel investor, and DHV partners. This new round brings the total investment raised by the startup to $860K after an angel round closed in early 2019.

Founded in 2017 by Manal Hakim, and Rayan Najdi, Geek Express enables youth in the MENA region with the STEAM skills needed in today’s world. The STEAM-based learning experiences range from DIY boxes complimented by self-paced video lessons, to a comprehensive hybrid tech journey that includes camps and live online courses. All services and courses are accessed through a gamified app where students can engage, book, compete, and educate themselves at their own pace.

Geek Express has democratised technology, making it available to all youths independent of age and background. Students at Geek Express have the option of learning how to code, design, build, and create tangible projects that translate into reality. This is how students are able to process the concept and further develop their cognitive skills.

Today, Geek Express has over 1800 active students across the MENA region, ranging from K-12 to high schoolers.

“We’ve achieved great success in creating a hybrid learning model, teaching relevant skills to today’s youth,” says Najdi, co-founder and COO, “we believe Geek Express sets the foundation of a futuristic school whereby thousands of MENA students will have access to STEAM skills from the comfort of their homes.”

The key differentiator behind this platform is the ability to offer an engaging & unique tech journey, where students learn the fundamentals of coding, engineering, and digital design early on and through their preferred medium.

With a team of 13 developers and community managers and 200+ teachers, this startup represents a scalable model producing its own IP, one of which is the DIY MAKERBOX, self-paced video lessons, and accredited STEM curriculums.

“The round is strategic given that National Talents are an EdTech partner in Saudi, which helps us penetrate the market and expand our reach,” says Hakim, co-founder and CEO, “I’m really proud to state that we have a 60%-40% female to male ratio between our team and students.”

The round will allow the Ed-Tech hub to accelerate the development of the platform and secure content partnerships in 2020, before reaching the profitability and growth stage in 2021.


Are you a startup looking for investment? Apply for funding to 85+ investors now.

Fintech continues to grow exponentially in Saudi Arabia, with the Kingdom's market expected to reach transaction values of over USD 33 billion by 2023! Access more trends and data in the recently launched Fintech Saudi Annual Report 2019-2020.

Geek Express Magazines
July 16, 2020
The Key To Future Job Security

DUBAI: Advances in technology continue to redefine the ways in which we think, work, live and interact with people and our surroundings. As a result, many traditional careers are in decline, which raises important questions for young people in particular.

Will the number of jobs that are rendered obsolete by the rapid pace of technological change be greater than the new opportunities and career options it creates? And, crucially, what are the key subjects to study and skills to learn to keep in step with the times and future-proof career options?

According to Manal Hakim, the founder and CEO of Geek Express, an educational-technology platform, the key to future job security lies in predicting changes in employment roles and learning the skills needed to adapt to them. In the next decade, for example, it is estimated that the increased use of AI in all sectors will eliminate 75 million jobs, but create 133 million, she said.

Many future jobs will be based, to a significant degree, on “coding, robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) skills,” said Hakim, adding that demand will grow for workers proficient in jobs such as data analysis, software and app development, robotics, and e-commerce and social media.

The importance of, and emphasis placed on, STEM education lies in the fact that it focuses on real-world applications of the four disciplines through a cohesive learning approach. Considered by education experts as a driver of sustainable growth in Gulf Cooperation Council countries, STEM-related classes are offered across the region, through workshops in schools and also as standalone courses.

By teaching students as young as five years old the fundamentals of skills such as coding, robotics and design, STEM education is laying the “foundation of both education and innovation,” said Hakim.

She describes coding, robotics and design as the “new universal language,” and an integral part of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) education, which is an integrated approach to learning designed to encourage students to think more broadly about real-world problems.

There is already a shift underway in education, with a growing emphasis on dedicated lessons on coding and STEM skills for children in the earliest grades, according to Cody Claver, general manager of accredited online school iCademy Middle East.

“Students are drawn to the futuristic skills they see as fun and engaging,” he said.

He believes that students who acquire technological skills in a focused, purposeful way, and also gain familiarity with learning in a technological environment, end up as assets for potential employers.

Currently, Geek Express provides private, live online coaching to 1,200 students between the ages of 5 and 17 in Beirut, Dubai, Jeddah and Doha. It uses a “futuristic school” model that offers a range of learning options, in English and Arabic, that students can work through at their own pace, including hands-on projects, private lessons, semester-long classes and educational holiday camps.

The main focus, said Hakim, is to teach young people how to code so that they become “creators of technology” and not simply passive users. More than 30 courses are available, beginning with block-based coding logic for the youngest students, followed by more complex algorithms, game design, app and web development, and advanced classes on data science and AI.

“A child should be able to design his or her own app, not only use it,” Hakim said.

The importance of preparing young minds to adapt to future job-market demands might transform our ideas about, and approach to, education, said Claver.

“I believe we will see a continued re-imagination on the part of companies such as Google, Amazon and the like, to have students bypass traditional university structures and train directly with them,” he said.

Given the rapid changes in technology, and the resultant evolution of the job market, how prepared are education authorities to ensure students meet future employment demands? This is a particularly important question for the Middle East and North Africa region, where nearly half of the population is under the age of 24, according to data from UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund?

Three main criteria will determine job security in the years ahead, particularly for those born since 1995: flexibility, diversity of qualifications, and technological skills.

Emma Whale, vice president of Schools education company Pearson Middle East, said that educators and regional governments are making concerted efforts to ensure these criteria are recognized as the gateway to future employability, but there are also other factors that create a gap between skills and jobs.

“The gap is also about language proficiency, and those uniquely human skills that will differentiate us in the future from AI,” said Whale.

Hakim said that efforts are already being made to ensure young people learn the skills they need for the future but more can be done.

“There have been great initiatives in the region, such as the UAE’s One Million Arab Coders and the Saudi Vision 2030 for education,” she said.

However, she said that the growing need for STEM skills is outpacing the slow process of change to curricula in the region and around the world.

“I believe the best ways to fill the gap are broader and bolder (education) reforms, and consistent collaboration between the private and public sectors to build momentum for STEM adoption across private and public schools, homes, activity centers, camps and youth programs, with this model as the foundation for all education,” said Hakim.

Proper analysis of employment trends is also important when preparing for the future as it provides valuable pointers for educators and policymakers. A survey by education provider Pearson Global, for example, found that 79 percent of respondents felt they should do more to develop their knowledge of STEM subjects.

“An understanding of in-demand skills such as coding, UX (user experience) design, cloud computing and analytical reasoning helps people to expand their knowledge and capabilities and set themselves apart from other (job) candidates,” said Whale.

She also listed creative thinking, reasoning, collaboration, strong interpersonal communication, emotional quotient, diversity and cultural intelligence as ranking high among sought-after personal skills in the job market.

The half-life of job skills — meaning the amount of time it takes for half of the knowledge associated with those skills to becomes irrelevant — has fallen from 30 years to an average of just six years. As a result, Whale said: “Companies in the future will look at hiring candidates with a desirable mix of hard and soft skills.” Hard skills are related to technical knowledge and training, while soft skills are personality traits such as leadership and communication.

While endorsing the value of a broad academic grounding, she said it is important for students with a clear idea of the industries they might want to work in to follow a clear vocational pathway, which can provide a faster track to employment.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is being fueled by a fusion of technologies that blur the lines between the physical, digital and biological. The key to success in the job market during this era will be to welcome change and celebrate it, said Whale.

“It’s time for all of us to begin acquiring skills that will make us valuable resources in the future workplace,” she added.

Geek Express Magazines
June 4, 2020
Why You Should Care about Artificial Intelligence
Despite the term Artificial Intelligence being present back in 1940’s, Artificial Intelligence has gained substantial popularity in the past 5 years to the point where you cannot have a business meeting, attend a technology seminar or discuss future opportunities without hearing the term AI. Experts from health, education, engineering and marketing are all advocating that AI will disrupt their industries in a matter of years! But what is AI? Why is it so popular now? Can machines really think? And if they do, what does it mean in our daily lives?


Definition and Example: 

Let’s start by defining AI. Artificial Intelligence is a field combining computer science, and mathematics giving the ability for a machine/program to detect patterns, learn from them and make decisions without being explicitly told (or coded) to do so. 
For a simpler analogy, consider this: Suppose you want to create a program that predicts the weather for the upcoming days based on previous weather conditions. In normal programming, a programmer must link (code) each previous weather condition to a certain forecast, for example:
If yesterday the sky was clear & no windè next day will be clear
You can tell from above why such a forecast has a huge margin of error: The variables and combination of patterns are infinite; no human can actually code all conditions and link them to a specific forecast (no wonder you still can’t trust your local weather guy).
Enters Artificial Intelligence. With AI, a programmer can, through large amounts of data and fancy linear algebra, train a program to detect a combination of weather conditions and draw results from them. This way, our beloved weather guy can input any weather condition into our AI program which will detect the relevant pattern and give us the forecast up to 90% accuracy!
So when you hear the word AI, do not think about the Terminator telling us to get down, simply think of cool linear algebra mixed with advanced computer science enabling a program to detect patterns from large amounts of data, learn and draw results from them! Sounds simple enough, right?


If it’s that simple why is everyone talking about it? Why is it so important?

Well because this simple analogy (Ability for a machine to detect patterns and rules, learn from them and draw results) offers us infinite possibilities. You just have to look out there and see how many decisions humans make simply from previously learnt patterns and set rules:
• A doctor reads a CT scan and makes his early diagnosis based on set rules and the experience he acquired throughout the years 
• A driver reacts to a certain road condition based on set rules and the experience he acquired throughout the years 
• A banker assesses a loan risk margin based on set rules and the experience he acquired throughout the years
Imagine now a program that can take the experience of not one doctor/driver/banker but thousands of them, abide by set rules and draw results in a matter of seconds with a very high accuracy rate!! Well, that’s the power of AI.
With self-driving cars, AI powered scans and AI powered security systems, we are now able to eliminate fatal human errors across many industries simply because we needed a different kind of intelligence to handle these tasks for us; hint: an artificial one!


Does it already exist? If so, what’s next? 

You can definitely see AI all around us. Your Netflix recommendation list, Alexa giving us the daily news, Gmail throwing spam emails in junk are all examples of AI integrated into your favorite apps seamlessly!
With the power of computers doubling every 18 months, there is no doubt that AI applications will touch every aspect of our lives within the next 20 years. In the near future, you’d be able to relax on your way home in your driverless car while an AI Chatbot is helping you choose the perfect birthday gift for your friend. 


Is it dangerous? What do we have to pay attention to?

Stephen Hawking, one of the brightest minds to ever cross earth once said that AI can be the best or the worst thing that has ever happened to humankind. As mentioned before, according to Moore’s law computer power is doubling every 18 months, so it will not be long before humans can create AI programs that can outsmart themselves (An AI giving birth to a smarter AI). In these cases (what scientists call a singularity), we better make sure that we have enough regulations and rules to protect us!
But before we talk about a SKYNET scenario (If you don’t know what it is, you should watch Terminator, it’s a great movie after all), developers need to keep an eye on a lot of short-term problems which might arise from implementing AI. Especially the problem of bias: If an AI model is trained on non-diversified data, it can create racial, gender or ideological biased decisions. Imagine an AI powered airport security system that flags people from a specific ethnicity as threats just because the training data used to build the model was biased/not inclusive!
I’d like to think of AI not as artificial intelligence but rather as augmented intelligence, giving humans the power to extend their intelligence and make faster and better decisions once implemented right.


A bit of philosophy and Physics:

Max Planck, Nobel Prize physicist, was convinced that the world is deterministic, that is if at any stage we know the state of all matter in our universe, we can predict its outcome/future. Of course, quantum physics saved our free will with a probabilistic model of the universe, at least on a quantum level.
I’d like to think that with the power of AI, we can now stress test Planck’s determinism and see how much we can reduce human behavior to a combination of patterns and pre-defined rules while leaving the rest to what philosophers call free will, physicists say quantum probability and we call AI error margin. 

~Rayan Najdi, COO

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