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Saudi Arabia Launches SpaceGuardian, An AI Satellite Imagery Project

Front End, a Saudi investment and development entity, will collaborate with SpaceKnow, a space-tech firm from New York.

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As part of its efforts to build a modern, tech-focused economy, Saudi Arabia is delving into AI-powered satellite image analysis. The latest project involves a collaboration between Front End, a Saudi Arabian investment and development entity, and SpaceKnow, a space technology firm headquartered in New York. The collaboration has led to the establishment of SpaceGuardian, a project that will harness SpaceKnow’s exclusive AI-enabled analytical engine for contextualizing satellite imaging.

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The agreement was formalized between Majid Alghaslan, Chairman and CEO of Front End, and Jerry Javornicky, CEO and co-founder of SpaceKnow, during the recent International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) 2024, held in Dhahran.

The location of the meeting is significant, as satellite imaging has already proved invaluable for capturing multi-dimensional snapshots of the country’s Ghawar oil field, helping to forecast the future viability of the lucrative natural resources in the area.

Pioneering the field of satellite AI imagery, SpaceGuardian will offer real-time geospatial analysis of the country utilizing machine learning. Javornicky envisions that the project will “revolutionize the AI-driven geospatial market [via SpaceGuardian] commencing with carbon sequestration, security, and infrastructure surveillance”.

AI-driven satellite imagery spans a diverse range of applications, offering insights into the effectiveness of environmental initiatives and guiding economic policies based on space-derived data. Majid describes this partnership as “embracing innovation and progress that will propel Saudi Arabia into a new era of digital transformation”.

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In a departure from its traditional reliance on oil revenues, the Saudi Arabian government has been ramping up efforts to steer the economy towards a digital future. Both Artificial intelligence and space technology seem to be of keen interest to the Kingdom, alongside major urban planning projects and sustainable infrastructure upgrades.

Front End’s Majid Alghaslan underscores that “[SpaceGuardian] contributes to the development of the burgeoning space sector and supports the establishment of a robust space agency in Saudi Arabia. With a comprehensive suite of services catering to all industries and sectors”.

In total, Saudi Arabia’s move into the AI space sector is expected to usher in over $5.3 billion in investments by 2030.

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Lebanese Newspaper Builds AI President To Beat Political Crisis

The move by media outlet AnNahar comes after 13 failed attempts by the Lebanese parliament to elect a new leader.

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In a world first, Lebanon’s AnNahar Newspaper has built an artificial intelligence model designed to carry out presidential duties for the politically troubled country. Lebanon has been without a sitting president for two years after thirteen failed attempts by the nation’s parliament to elect a suitable candidate.

The new AI President’s deep learning algorithm was fed over 90 years of impartial journalism from AnNahar’s archive stretching back to the 1930s. The AI leader analyzes not only historical data but also current events and is able to formulate solutions for all manner of political, legal, and governmental questions. By tapping into such a vast knowledge base, Lebanon’s AI President will have a deep understanding of the country’s past, as well as an unbiased take on the challenges the nation faces going forward.

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The new AI President was unveiled in a recent live broadcast. Nayla Tueni, editor-in-chief of AnNahar Newspaper conducted an interview with the digital leader, asking relevant questions about the current state of Lebanon, and how to fix the country’s difficult political situation. AnNahar has also converted its print newspaper to focus entirely on the new president’s guidance on issues spanning everything from the economy to sustainability and the environment.

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After the interview, Nayla Tueni commented: “As Lebanese people, and especially at AnNahar, we refuse to sit back and allow things to go on as they have. To not have a president for this long is unacceptable and has impacted the country negatively. If the parliament will not do its job to elect a president, then the people will bring to Lebanon a president”.

The AI President will soon be accessible to everyone at OurPresident.ai, Users will be able to ask questions in a similar manner to the likes of ChatGPT and Google Gemini. It is also understood that government officials will also use the tool to help devise new directives.

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