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KARACHI: President Arif Alvi has said that the world is on the verge of fourth industrial revolution that would change the overall outlook of the industrial working.

Speaking at a programme, Initiative of Artificial Intelligence and Computing, organised by Iqra University (IU) here on Sunday, he said that artificial intelligence and awareness about latest trends was the key to development in the modern world.

“We need to take such initiatives to introduce and promote the knowledge of artificial intelligence in the country to enable our youth to take full benefit of the opportunities it provides,” he said.

President Alvi said that this was the time where machines would not only follow the orders of humans but would be able to think and decide for themselves as well through intricately developed algorithms.

He said that it was artificial intelligence through which people were earning their livelihood from other countries without even leaving their houses. “This approach is also effective in present times when visa and passport requirement of several countries have become more complicated and demanding,” he added.

He was of the view that education was the only thing that could eliminate poverty and take the country further on the path of development.

The president appreciated the initiative of the IU for establishing a mechanism to impart education of artificial intelligence and computing.

He also appreciated the cooperation of the Saylani Welfare Trust in this regard.

Published in Dawn, December 10th, 2018