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Today, a new International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (iCAIR) was formed by the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, inspired by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics on the occasion of the 7th Global Agenda Summit in Dubai, UAE. The Council will advise on the best way to use robotics and artificial intelligence to improve people’s lives, including the creation of educational materials and a global action plan.

The first initiative of the Council will be the UAE “Robots for Good” Award. The goal of the Award is to encourage research and application of innovative solutions to challenges in three areas: health, education, and social services.

The award will build on the successful UAE “Drones for Good” Award, which received 800 submissions from 62 countries around the world. (The semi finalists have been selected; the winner will be announced in February, 2015, walking away with $1 Million USD based on the best use of civilian drones for improving people’s lives.)