Saudi tech experts bring futuristic AI technology closer to reality

RIYADH: Saudi techies are placing the newest advances in synthetic intelligence into the arms of avid gamers attending a serious worldwide pageant within the Kingdom.

The King Abdulaziz Middle for World Tradition (Ithra) has teamed up with the Saudi Esports Federation for the Gamers8 occasion going down in Riyadh to showcase the newest advances in digital and augmented actuality applied sciences.

And Ahmed Abdulrahman, the immersive lab supervisor for Ithra’s Artistic Options program, believes the futuristic AI seen in lots of present sci-fi films could possibly be publicly out there inside 5 to 10 years.


Contained in the GameDev Zone, full of keen and curious Saudis seeking to check out the newest synthetic intelligence (AI) applied sciences in Riyadh. (Provided)

The applied sciences on show on the pageant focus not solely on gaming, but in addition on interactive and immersive studying, leisure and experiences.

Abdulrahman famous that the sort of digital actuality headsets seen in Steven Spielberg’s 2018 journey movie “Prepared Participant One” had been now out there. Ithra even had a Tesla haptic go well with and glove (know-how that may create a tactile expertise by making use of forces, vibrations, and motion to the wearer) that viewers members might strive on.

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• One of many Ithra winners’ tasks, ‘The Anticipation of Rain’, permits individuals to really feel the rain utilizing a VR headset.

• Ithra even had a Tesla haptic go well with and glove (know-how that may create a tactile expertise by making use of forces, vibrations, and motion to the wearer) that viewers members might strive on.

“We will put individuals in some video games that use all of the applied sciences collectively, the place they will stroll round and really feel each hit within the recreation. It’s full immersion. It is not 2045, it is 2022,” he advised Arab Information.


Contained in the GameDev Zone, full of keen and curious Saudis seeking to check out the newest synthetic intelligence (AI) applied sciences in Riyadh. (Provided)

In Riyadh Boulevard Metropolis, the place Gamers8 is in full swing, Artistic Options’ GameDev zone options recreation prototypes developed in 72 hours or much less, in addition to the earlier 5 profitable designs from the present’s cohorts, in addition to internationally developed video video games.

Whereas the out there digital actuality experiences will not be absolutely featured, they nonetheless permit guests to get a normal concept behind the immersive tales.

One of many Ithra winners’ tasks, “The Anticipation of Rain”, permits individuals to really feel the rain utilizing a VR headset. Her developer, Naima Karim, tells how she was paralyzed at a younger age, however she found a love for portray via the affect of rain. “There have been so many individuals who had been moved by him, that they only took off their headphones to cry,” Abdulrahman mentioned.

Different AR tasks take customers on a journey via the historical past of the universe or on a quest to seek out hidden objects, much like the cell recreation “Pokemon GO.”


The primary entrance to Ithra’s Artistic Options GameDev Zone in affiliation with the world’s largest esports pageant, Gamers8, in Riyadh Boulevard Metropolis. (Provided)

Alongside the 5 zone winner spots are a number of internationally developed recreation exhibits together with “The Climb 2”, “Loco Dojo”, “Beat Saber” and a PS5 arcade.

Filipe Gomez, curator of the Artistic Options program, advised Arab Information: “There are builders who’re aiming for a future the place there will likely be no screens. The whole lot will likely be projected”.

Idea artist and AI fanatic Amr Bogari mentioned: “This displays a great psychological picture over time and is anticipated from our authorities as it’s a nice supporter of this improvement and progress that strikes humanity ahead.

“However, basically, it depends upon using every particular person. The abundance of know-how can cut back the non secular facet, and this is applicable in lots of examples. Our position is to create a moderated house that blends actuality and assumption.”

Within the GameDev space, Gomez mentioned, “The extent of viewers participation was unimaginable. For me, it actually displays an eagerness to study and to develop and put together. The creativity is there.”

The Ithra Program workforce goals to create distinctive experiences that may be loved by individuals of all backgrounds.

Abdulrahman mentioned: “Everyone seems to be proud. That is the one phrase I can say. Everybody who’s testing them, once they see them, they’re simply amazed on the high quality of the work, though we name them prototypes.”

And the aim of this system was to ascertain Saudi Arabia because the premier immersion hub within the area, and presumably the world.

“It’s as much as us and stakeholders like Ithra who’re driving a particular agenda that basically cares about how individuals will likely be affected via this transformation, to organize them to make good choices. In terms of artistic options, they create humanistic options,” added Gómez.

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