Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 32 | Page 100

GET TO KNOW developers to understand the benefits of new technology and how to use or implement it. Unfortunately, I see this continuing for some time, through conferences and major events, educating people and creating a real ecosystem for AI, especially for our neuromorphic technology that allows developers of hardware-based solutions like drones, IoT and smart city to tap into the benefits of non-stop learning at low power, with anomaly detection in nanoseconds. What advice would you offer somebody aspiring to obtain c-level position in your industry? What do you currently identify as the major areas of investment in your industry? Knowledge is critical. Education, in my opinion, is the key to everything. As people gain better understanding of a technology like AI (that is so diverse) and what it can do for them, then they are more likely to adapt it better and use it to enhance their lives, whether at work or at home. What are the region-specific challenges when implementing new technologies in the Middle East? While the governments in this region are really putting a strong emphasis on new 100 INTELLIGENTCIO technologies, the ratio of early adoptors in this region is less than some other countries. I think there needs to be more (and wider reaching) educational programmes like the one at Dubai Future Academy, to embrace new technologies, faster and easier, and making them more accessible to the community not just of developers but also the adopters. What changes to your job role have you seen in the last year and how do you see these developing in the next 12 months? As a technology enabler, I am spending more time than I anticipated on the road, educating customers, universities and Anyone wanting to get into this segment needs to get a solid background in all aspects, from technical to finance to sales and marketing. They also need to be able to work in a very multi-cultural environment. n “ TECHNOLOGY WAS MY HOBBY AND A PASSION AND HAS NOW BECOME MY DAILY WORK.