Michael Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year for Missouri, revealed to several news outlets that he is gay, setting the way for him to become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL.In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports that were published Sunday, Sam, a defensive end, said his teammates and coaches at Missouri have known since August.“I am an openly, proud gay man,” he said. “It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be. . . I want to be a football player in the NFL.”Last year, NBA player Jason Collins announced he was gay after the season. Collins, a 35-year-old backup center, was a free agent and has not signed with a new team this season. MLS star and U.S. national team player Robbie Rogers also came out a year ago. Division III Willamette kicker Conner Mertens, a redshirt freshman, said last month he was bisexual. There have been several NFL players who have come out after their playing days, including Kwame Harris and Dave Kopay.The 255-pound Sam is projected to be a mid-round NFL draft pick.“We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage,” the NFL said in statement. “Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”Sam said many people at the Senior Bowl all-star game for NFL prospects seemed to know that he was gay. His team has known since August, he said.“I didn’t realize how many people actually knew, and I was afraid that someone would tell or leak something out about me,” he told ESPN. “I want to own my truth. . . No one else should tell my story but me.”Before coming out to all his teammates and coaches, Sam said he told a few close friends and dated another Missouri athlete who was not a football player.“Coaches just wanted to know a little about ourselves, our majors, where we’re from and something that no one knows about you,” Sam said. “And I used that opportunity just to tell them that I was gay. And their reaction was like, ‘Michael Sam finally told us.’ ”Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said in a statement Sunday night: “Michael is a great example of just how important it is to be respectful of others. He’s taught a lot of people here first-hand that it doesn’t matter what your background is, or your personal orientation, we’re all on the same team and we all support each other. If Michael doesn’t have the support of his teammates like he did this past year, I don’t think there’s any way he has the type of season he put together.”Missouri linebacker Donovan Bonner has been a teammate of Sam’s for five years.“We knew of his status for five years and not one team member, coach, or staff member said anything says a lot about our family atmosphere,” Bonner tweeted.
Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed the club is keen on bringing in a new striker following Munir El Haddadi’s exit.Munir completed a switch to Sevilla on a permanent deal leaving them with no senior back-up for Luis Suarez in the position, with the January transfer window now open.“Yes I would like an extra striker, there is a space now Munir has left,” Valverde told reporters, as cited by Football Italia.“We are a little short in terms of numbers, especially with the injury to Rafinha and now the transfer window is open we can rectify that.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We must be mindful of the financial aspects of any deal and if this is not viable, then we will look to players from the B team.“We need someone who can adapt quickly, who knows the league and is available to play immediately.“There can be no settling in period but if we cannot find that striker, then we will proceed with what we have already.”Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata and Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente are among the names linked to a Camp Nou move.
$999 $299 at Amazon Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Mentioned Above Google Chromecast Ultra Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy 7 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $155 at Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $69 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $59 at eBay $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The Cheapskate Post a comment Read Google Home Hub review $60 at Best Buy Amazon See It DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. 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HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Comments $999 Sprint Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See It See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See it Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Share your voice $59 Preview • Google Chromecast Ultra: 4K and HDR come to tiny streamer for $69 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See at Turo Apple iPhone XS Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice 5:47 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Gaming Gaming Accessories Google Stadia: Everything you need to know Dell An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Google Chromecast Ultra Rylo Adorama Turo Chris Monroe/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Sarah Tew/CNET $59 Customers can now preorder the Stadia Controller separately. James Martin/CNET Google is now letting customers buy additional controllers for its Stadia game streaming service without having to purchase Founder’s Edition. Earlier this month at E3, the tech giant announced Stadia Founder’s Edition, a limited preorder offer for $129 that includes first access to the gaming service, a limited-edition controller, a Chromecast Ultra streaming device and three months of Stadia Pro, among other things. Now customers can buy a controller separately for $69 from the Google Store. Still, Google says customers should only buy the Stadia Controller by itself if they already purchased Founder’s Edition and want a second controller, or if they have access to the service via a buddy pass, which gives them three months to try Stadia Pro.The controllers come with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a USB-C port, and a Google Assistant button to trigger the microphone. They also have a Li-Ion battery, headset jack and capture button for access to screenshots and videos. Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See It Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review Tags Read the Rylo camera preview $59 Angela Lang/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Best Buy $520 at HP 0 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tags $6 at Tidal Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30.
Harun-ur-Rashid. Photo UNBA court Sunamganj on Monday rejected the bail petition of Bishwambarpur upazila chairman Harun-ur-Rashid and sent him to jail in a rape case.Md Zakir Hossain of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal passed the order when Harun surrendered to the court asking for bail, said assistant public prosecutor Khairul Kabir.According to the case statement, Harun called the victim to his upazila parishad office to give her a sewing machine on 26 September and raped her there.Later, the victim woman filed a case against the chairman with Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal that same afternoon.
Baltimore City Council has finally decided – not to decide yet on the $15 an hour minimum wage. The Council voted 8(yes) 6(no) to 1(abstain) to send the bill back to committee this week. Council chair Bernard C. ”Jack” Young had just started a roll call vote on the bill when the bill’s sponsor, Mary Pat Clarke (District 14), stood to request that the legislation be sent back to committee.After the council meeting ended, Clarke explained to reporters that she had recently been contacted by the National League of the Blind and Disabled with concerns about the bill. She wanted to ensure the group had sufficient time to work through their issues with city council.But Clarke was also under no illusions about the uncertainty surrounding the bill’s chances for passage given the current city council. “The City Council is still divided,” said Young who unsuccessfully sought a compromise of $11.50 an hour.Clarke and City Council Labor Committee Chair, Robert Curran did not rule out waiting until the new Council session starts in December to re-introduce the legislation.
Popular on Variety Google said it will appeal the decision — and CEO Sundar Pichai said that the EU decision threatens to disrupt Android’s free distribution model and ecosystem, which he said boosts consumer choice. “The Commission’s Android decision ignores the new breadth of choice and clear evidence about how people use their phones today,” Pichai wrote.Alphabet is scheduled to report Q2 earnings next Monday (July 23) after market close.Alphabet said it will report a separate operating expense line for the $5.07 billion charge (based on the exchange rate on June 30, 2018) on it Q2 2018 income statement. Because the fine is not tax-deductible, the charge will reduce Alphabet’s net income and earnings per share by the full amount. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Alphabet, Google’s parent company, said it will take a charge of $5.07 billion against second-quarter 2018 earnings to account for the record €4.34 billion fine by the European Commission, alleging the internet giant violated EU anti-competition laws.The company made the disclosure in a regulatory filing. The development hasn’t led investors to panic: Alphabet stock closed down 0.5% Wednesday, after edging into positive territory earlier in the session.The European Commission announced the fine on Wednesday, and after finding that certain contractual provisions in agreements between Google and Android partners violated European law, including requiring manufacturers to pre-install the Google Search app and Chrome browser app as a condition for licensing Google’s Play Store app.
Kolkata: The long awaited Hindu Hostel is finally ready for occupancy. A special secretary of the Education department visited the hostel on Monday morning and the necessary certificates that include occupancy, gas connection and fire, were issued.Earlier, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee had told the Assembly on Thursday that steps had been taken to open the hostel on Monday. It may be mentioned that due to agitation of the students protesting against the inordinate delay in handing over the hostel, the convocation was held at Nandan and not in the Presidency University premises. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeProfessor Anuradha Lohia, vice-chancellor of Presidency University, thanked all agencies engaged in the renovation of the century-old hostel. The boarders were temporarily put up at a hostel in Rajarhat. Partha Ranjan Das was the architect and renovation work had started three years ago. Eden Hindu Hostel was constructed in 1886 and was meant for the students of Presidency College, who came to the city from the districts. The building was built with the funds raised by Ashley Eden and the architect was W B Gwyther, while Rai Khetter Chundra Banerjee was the contractor. Now, the hostel has been thrown open to Muslim students as well. There are six blocks in the building. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe building, which had not been repaired for ages, has now been given a thoroughly new look. The old ovens have been replaced by gas ovens. The roof of the hostel, which had been badly damaged, has been repaired as well. The hostel plays an important role in Bengal’s history. The alumni includes India’s first President Rajendra Prasad, Meghnad Saha, Sukhamoy Chakraborty and Rathin Sengupta. Many meritorious students who hailed from erstwhile East Bengal, came to study at Presidency College and used to stay at the hostel. It was here that Subhas Chandra Bose, a former student of Presidency College, had picked up a quarrel with Professor Otten and was expelled from the institution.
Darjeeling: The domino effect of the performance of BJP in the Assembly elections in the 5 states was felt kilometers away in the Darjeeling Hills in Bengal. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), an ally of BJP, declared that the Gorkhas have been let down by the saffron camp and would sever ties with BJP in the 2019 Parliamentary elections.Incidentally, BJP had gained a political foothold in Bengal, riding piggyback on the Gorkhaland demand and winning the Darjeeling Parliamentary seat twice, backed by GJM. In the 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP heavyweights Jaswant Singh and SS Ahluwalia had contested with backing by GJM from Darjeeling. During both the elections, BJP had published addendums in the election manifesto to sympathetically consider the demand of the Gorkhas. “They have let us down time and again. Recently, MP SS Ahluwalia, along with leaders of the Bimal Gurung faction, had assured that a Bill would be tabled in Parliament to include 11 Gorkha communities in the ST list in the winter session. There are 63 Government Bills to be tabled in the winter session, but no bill to include Gorkha communities in the ST list,” alleged Binay Tamang, GTA chairman and GJM president.
So you have the next great technology business idea, but you don’t have a background in programming. You’ll need to recruit a programmer who not only can design, write and test online and mobile code, but also share your passion and bring your vision to life. Your initial idea might be to hire a consultant or outsource those duties, but you may want to consider bringing on a software developer as a partner.Hiring a software developer as an employee isn’t always easy. Due to the proliferation of companies seeking web and mobile application developers, the best programmers are in high demand, says Amy Hoover, executive vice president and partner at Atlanta-based Talent Zoo, an advertising, marketing and technology recruitment service. And, if, like most startups, you don’t have the resources to pay a great software engineer a salary on par with what a company like Google can pay, then you’re probably at a disadvantage. Software engineer salaries in the U.S. can range from $53,000 to more than $140,000 per year, according to EngineerSalary.com. While some entrepreneurs opt to save money by outsourcing programming duties to companies overseas, Hoover says complications can outweigh benefits. “These programmers sometimes disappear in the middle of a project, or right afterward, which leaves no safety net or ongoing support,” she says. Language barriers and time differences can also present challenges, she says.Instead, startups are recruiting programmers by making them co-founders and partners. Having an equity stake and the freedom to shape the technical direction of the startup can be big incentives to landing a great, full-time programmer, Hoover says.Here are three steps to recruiting a top-notch software engineer for your startup:1. Network aggressively.(L to R) Elliot Kroo, Jessica Scorpio, and Sam Zaid of GetaroundPhoto courtesy of Charles Eshelman/Getty Images for AOLUnless you already have a cache of talented software engineers in your network, you’ll need to start meeting some. Start by searching professional networking sites like LinkedIn or by making contacts at industry events.In 2009, while developing San Francisco-based Getaround, Sam Zaid and co-founder Jessica Scorpio were searching for a software engineer to build their web site and mobile app. The service allows people in need of a car to rent one from a community of car owners.Zaid and Scorpio attended an event for iPhone developers in San Francisco in hopes of finding a developer. The pair held two-minute group interviews with more than a 100 engineers. That’s how they met their future programmer, Elliot Kroo, who was a software engineer with a company that was later acquired by Google.Related: The Hard Truth About Software LicensingThen there’s Yaron Samid, who went directly to information-technology industry experts for hiring advice. In late 2009, Samid was starting New York-based BillGuard, a personal finance service that alerts users to hidden credit-card charges, billing errors and fraud. Samid says he asked a “rock star chief technology officer, who was my blueprint for the person I wanted to build my company, who he would choose” as a programmer if he was starting a tech business. He recommended Raphael Ouzan, a then 22-year-old programmer who Samid eventually recruited as his co-founder and chief technology officer.2. Ask programmers to create a prototype from scratch.BillGaurd co-founder and CEO Yaron SamidOnce you’ve met a software engineer you might want to work with, the next step is to assess his or her technical chops. One way is to ask him or her to write a program from scratch. “Have them prototype your ideas to get a sense of their speed, accuracy, attention to detail, creativity and, perhaps most importantly, how well you work together,” says Samid, who is 38. Samid says he and Ouzan brainstormed together for weeks and asked Ouzan to prototype their ideas. Samid liked the results. “After this exercise, I knew Raphael was the ideal technologist to help me build BillGuard,” he says.A simple interview usually won’t suffice, Getaround’s Zaid says. “You can’t simply ask questions because you probably wouldn’t know the right answer,” says Zaid, 32. “It’s kind of like talking to an architect and asking him or her about the best way to construct the foundation for a 50-story building. That wouldn’t be a productive conversation for a nontechnical person in that industry.”Related: Mobile App or Mobile Website?Zaid and Scorpio asked a group of five programmers, including Kroo, to create a preliminary version of Getaround’s iPhone app as an unpaid tryout. “We did this not only to screen developers but also to find out what the app might eventually look like,” he says.To help vet the programmers’ work, Zaid recommends calling on someone you know with a technology background to serve as an advisor. In addition to providing you feedback, this advisor “would ideally be someone an engineer can find commonality with and trust, perhaps more so than a nontech person who doesn’t understand the details,” he says.3. Offer to make him or her a partner. About a month after meeting Kroo, Zaid and Scorpio determined they wanted him to be their chief software engineer. He started working for them on a part-time basis. Kroo eventually left his full-time job to join Getaround after Zaid and Scorpio offered to bring him on full-time as co-founder and director of engineering.”Getaround is a huge opportunity with far greater challenges and a far greater potential impact than your traditional web startup,” says Kroo. “Joining and co-founding Getaround in this light was no-brainer.”Related: Camera+: An Apps to Riches StoryWhen courting a key engineer candidate, it’s important to explain your business vision and roadmap to achieve it clearly, Zaid recommends. “Sometimes, engineers might not understand the business side of it,” he says. “If you can explain [the business and his or her role] effectively, you’re that much closer to being able to convince someone to give your idea all they have.”Zaid says negotiating how much equity to offer depends on a number of factors, including the programmer’s experience. “Bottom line, you want to make sure everyone involved is motivated,” he says. “If you bring an engineer on as a partner, you want him or her to feel invested, and the incentive is that they have control to lead the technical vision and execution.” Register Now » September 27, 2011 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
February 20, 2018 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Can you actually have a state “minister of artificial intelligence”? Yes: The United Arab Emirates has actually appointed one.Related: 5 Ways to Make AI Work for Your OrganizationHe is State Minister of AI Omar bin Sultan Al Olama. And, during an interview, he told me he is confident about the future of artificial intelligence in his desert nation and the civic benefits that will emerge from these advancements.Certainly, it’s common knowledge that the UAE is leading developments in artificial intelligence; and other governments are taking notice. Dubai is not only the home of the upcoming World Government Summit but also the nucleus of innovative projects, like the hyperloop located in a “Mars Science City,” and projects involving flying cars, jetpacks and renewable energy.In our interview, Olama spoke about the cutting-edge technologies he believes will launch the country, and possibly the world, into a golden age of technology.Where to beginWhere does a 27-year-old begin, in his effort to pioneer a new government system dedicated entirely to AI? Olama said he’s positive that artificial intelligence will prove an opportunity for the UAE rather than a challenge.”The second mandate,” Olama continued, “is to create the right ecosystem, to ensure that we can create homegrown talent that leads the discussion and development in the field of A.I. while also attracting the best of talent to the UAE from around the world.”Furthermore, my responsibilities include the advancement of adoption of AI technologies and systems in the government in ways that improve the lives of citizens, increase the efficiency of government, create a better and safer environment and give the UAE a competitive edge.”Olama also emphaized global communication about AI: He’s expected to stimulate the global discussion rregarding this technology, while also specifying the indicators governments need to look at so that future potentially catastrophic outcomes are averted.A voice for youth in the U.A.E.’s governmentIn this context, Olama’s ministry has been planning revolutionary projects to create a better life for its citizens — projects that support the development of locally born and bred AI systems. The ministry is working with local government to provide training data for these systems and to encourage other governments to follow in the technological advances the U.A.E. is creating.Related: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg Are Arguing About AI — But They’re Both Missing the PointThe minister further commented on the actual launch of the AI Ministry, noting its focus on “sectors that . . .in the past might not have been obvious sectors for us regionally or globally. From airlines and airports to shipping ports to aluminum production, the UAE has always been at the forefront of making the most out of advantages,” the minister said.”Another fact is the agility of our government,” he added. “Our leadership has seen an importance in giving youth a voice of their own.Creating the ministry has strengthened this goal, whereby youth can see their own age group reprsented in the UAE cabinet. This “was a pioneering step that many countries and international organizations applaud,” Olama said. “Establishing a position for minister of state for AI came as a direct decision based on the opportunities and challenges that A.I. was forecasted to have on governments around the world.”Olama said he’s excited about the monumental opportunities for other governments and AI. There’s potential for growth, he said, in improved education, preventive health care and safer roads and cities, along with great economic advantages. The U.A.E.’s ministry has a broad opportunity to create groundbreaking opportunities to change the world, and capitalize on global advancement, he said.”The growth and rise of nations in the past was seen through two variables: talent and resources,” Olama said. “The more talent that a country has, the more that it can create; and the more that it can develop, and the more resources that the country has, the more it can deploy and the faster it can develop.”Now, imagine: If the number of talent is bigger in a country compared to another, the advantage of that country over the other is much wider. It is much more probable that Country X can create a talent pool of 30 million people out of its 1.4 billion population, compared to Country Y for example, which has a population of around 40 million.”Now, what if the number of a country’s population did not matter as much because it can leverage digital and artificial talent through AI? What if we had one system that can outsmart a thousand Nobel laureates and can help invent and create? We would no longer need to focus on quantity; we would look to focus on the development of this system. Similar systems can be deployed to continuously improve education and the methods of delivering knowledge to students; it can help develop cures for incurable diseases while also supporting in preventing illness.”The upcoming SummitSo, what can be expected from this year’s Summit in regards to future AI projects? Olama was confident about the summit’s aim to bring together a group of the best thinkers and pioneers, even as actions are already being successfully implemented in the AI field. Collaborating with foreign governments to increase awareness and understanding is another goal, he said.Related: Five Issues UAE Businesses Need To Be Prepared For In 2017″There will also be unique and inspiring showcases of AI and its impact on the lives of citizens and governments through the Museum of the Future Showcase at this year’s World Government Summit,” Olama said.Global personalities expeted to attend, the minister said, include Sebastian Thrun, Mark Ribert, Jaan Tallinn and Nick Bostrom.