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Dubai utility adopts Smart Dubai ethical AI toolkit

The toolkit was launched to set clear guidelines on the ethical use of AI to prevent having a fragmented, incoherent approach to ethics, where every entity sets its own rules.

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Dubai is on a mission to develop digital services to place it 10 years ahead of other cities
Dubai is on a mission to develop digital services to place it 10 years ahead of other cities

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has adopted the use of Smart Dubai’s Ethical AI Toolkit.

 

It reports using it for 13 artificial intelligence (AI) use cases across various departments, registering an average performance rate of almost 90 per cent on complying with the principles and guidelines set out.

 

Setting the rules

 

Smart Dubai developed the toolkit to set clear guidelines on the ethical use of AI to prevent having a fragmented, incoherent approach to ethics, where every entity sets its own rules.

 

Dewa’s use of the toolkit was spread across several different departments. The Innovation & the Future (I&TF) division’s use cases included outage planning and load forecasting, solar power generation forecasting, network design and area planning, visual inspection on solar photovoltaics and the virtual assistant Rammas. Two use cases were announced in the Water & Civil Department: water burst/leak detection and AI-based tamper detection.

 

The Generation Power Division used it in the launch of the asset performance management project and the gas turbine intelligent controller, while the Distribution Power Division implemented the distribution asset criticality ranking.

 

The authority set up several policies and quality procedures rooted in the Ethical AI and Self-Assessment Toolkit to govern processes and operations.

“Smart Dubai appreciates Dewa’s efforts in developing AI more responsibly and encourages other government and private sector entities in the city to test their own AI systems’ performance”

On an enterprise level, Dewa aims to use the Ethical AI Toolkit to study the AI projects that are in progress, any AI project that was completed in the past few months, as well as any upcoming new project. The authority has set a minimum performance and compliance threshold on the self-assessment tool as a measure of the respective AI project’s success. Any scores falling below the minimum score will call for closer inspection of the project to determine challenges and resolve any issues.

 

Younus Al Nasser, assistant director general of Smart Dubai and CEO, Dubai Data Establishment, explained that the toolkit was introduced to guide and promote the responsible use of the technology to develop advanced, human-centred services and initiatives.

 

He added: “Smart Dubai appreciates Dewa’s efforts in developing AI more responsibly and encourages other government and private sector entities in the city to test their own AI systems’ performance against Smart Dubai’s Ethical AI guidelines using our self-assessment tool.

 

The use of AI to provide smart and innovative services aligns with Dewa’s strategy with the Dubai 10X initiative. The initiative was launched by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, to develop Dubai government services, putting Dubai 10 years ahead of other global cities.

 

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