EUI’s Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Industry at Cairo’s International Book Fair
Egypt University of Informatics (EUI) is organizing the Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Industry on Saturday, February 3, 2024. This event is a significant component of the 55th session of the Cairo International Book Fair, focusing on the theme "Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Industry." The conference aims to delve into the influence of artificial intelligence on the future of publishing and literature, addressing the opportunities and challenges inherent in the knowledge industry. Against the backdrop of unprecedented advancements in AI with widespread applications across vital global sectors. The conference results from a partnership between EUI and the International Book Fair in Cairo.
Prof. Reem Bahgat, the President of EUI, has underscored the prevailing sense of positive anticipation and motivation within the literary, cultural, and knowledge industry. This optimism arises from transformative opportunities presented by the technological revolution driven by artificial intelligence (AI). AI's seamless integration into diverse industries and sectors, facilitated by rapid research and development efforts, has resulted in a significant qualitative shift in AI capabilities. This impact extends to various aspects of life, including the knowledge industry, literature, and culture. Prof. Bahgat emphasizes the imperative to fully harness AI's potential while concurrently developing innovative solutions to foster the growth of this sector and preserve creativity and national identity.
Prof. Bahgat notes that artificial intelligence has already initiated noteworthy changes in lifestyles, business operations, and communication methods. Anticipating an intensification of this transformation in the coming years, Prof. Bahgat credits applied research efforts focused on developing intricate algorithms and robust computing systems. These advancements, driven by the analysis of vast datasets, are expected to lead to successive successes in AI capabilities. Consequently, the AI and Knowledge Industry Conference, organized in collaboration with the General Authority for Writers, stands out as a key event during the 55th session of the Cairo International Book Fair.
Prof. Ahmed Hassan, EUI’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, expresses concern over the persistent apprehension among the general public regarding the services and capabilities offered by artificial intelligence (AI). Despite the advancements in AI services, there remains a sense of unease. Prof. Hassan highlights that the upcoming AI and Knowledge Industry Conference aims to explore opportunities for leveraging AI in knowledge dissemination, addressing concerns such as privacy, security, and ethical considerations intrinsic to AI tools.
Furthermore, Prof. Hassan emphasizes the importance of respecting values, customs, and legal frameworks, underscoring that preserving these aspects is crucial for maintaining the integrity of humanity's moral and social system. Integrating these values into the potential of artificial intelligence has become increasingly urgent. He stresses the need for specialists to study how AI can be harnessed for the betterment of humanity, creativity, and to mitigate potential negative impacts on society, human resources, user privacy, as well as creativity and knowledge.
Prof. Hala Zayed, a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering at Egypt University of Informatics and the Coordinator of the Conference, highlights that the "Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Industry" will feature sessions with leaders in the knowledge industry, along with international and local experts and academics in engineering, information, and artificial intelligence sciences. The goal is to develop mechanisms and solutions to counter the rapid development of AI, ensuring secure spaces for its capabilities while adhering to ethical boundaries. Additionally, the conference aims to address issues related to literary rights and intellectual property.
Prof. Zayed further reassures that despite growing fears about the impact of artificial intelligence, it will not surpass human creative abilities in their true sense, particularly in areas such as literature and the knowledge industry.
Egypt University of Informatics is one of the first specialized universities in the Middle East and Africa in Communications, Information Technology, and their affected areas. It was founded by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to become a leading academic institution offering specialized educational programs to meet the needs of the labor market with highly experienced ICT professionals.
Egypt University of Informatics has four faculties (Computing and Information Sciences, Engineering, Business Informatics, Digital Arts and Design). It offers 16 specialized educational programs to meet the labor market's needs from specialists in the latest fields of ICT, such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Mechatronics, Business Analytics, Digital Marketing, Animation Arts, User Experience, and Game Design.