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Sachin Dev Duggal Shines at ‘The AI Moment’ During Web Summit Qatar 2024

The Web Summit Qatar was the recent setting for an engaging dialogue on the current AI landscape and its widespread impact across various industries. Julia Sieger of FRANCE 24 initiated the session with two esteemed guests: Mohamed Al-Hardan from the Qatar Investment Authority, and Sachin Dev Duggal, the innovative founder of Builder.ai.

Sachin Dev Duggal, leveraging his vast experience with Builder.ai, delved into the historical progression of AI, recalling landmarks such as Google’s BERT model from ten years prior. He elucidated how the transformative phase in 2022 was propelled not solely by technological advancements but significantly by user-centric design improvements. These enhancements in user interfaces, coupled with intentional response delays, marked a pivotal chapter, rendering AI more approachable and user-friendly.

Mohamed Al-Hardan, following the recent closure of Builder.ai’s Series D funding by the Qatar Investment Authority, discussed the rationale behind their investment. He emphasised the prudence of Builder.ai in streamlining the development process and its proactive stance towards AI, while also advocating for stringent due diligence to ensure AI’s effectiveness. He touched upon the emerging trend among AI startups to not only navigate the risks posed by AI but to strive to be pioneers in adapting to AI technological advancements.

Addressing the potential impact of AI on employment, Duggal and Al-Hardan offered perspectives beyond the conventional narrative of job displacement. Sachin Duggal envisioned a future where human identity is intertwined with creative pursuits over mundane tasks, challenging traditional job paradigms. Al-Hardan echoed this sentiment, urging a proactive approach to embracing the AI era through continuous learning.


On the topic of AI governance, both speakers highlighted the intricate ethical and regulatory challenges in its advancement. Al-Hardan cautioned against stifling over-regulation that could deter technological progress, advocating for a collaborative approach between regulators and technologists to bridge the gap in understanding between these pivotal groups.

The dialogue concluded with a consensus on the need for educational reform, aimed at equipping the youth for success in an AI-dominated future. Sachin Dev Duggal stressed the importance of infusing educational programs with human-centric skills like creativity and adaptability, ensuring they are equipped to respond to various situations.

The conversation offered profound insights into the human aspects, freedoms, biases, and responsibilities in the impending AI era, underscoring the imperative for human-focused innovation in AI development.

Sam Allcock
Sam Allcock
With over 20 years of experience in the field SEO and digital marketing, Sam Allcock is a highly regarded entrepreneur. He is based in Cheshire but has an interest in all things going on in the North West and enjoys contributing local news to the site.
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