Keeping up with technology is must for progress, say experts at Saudi conference

Experts at the 15th annual Learning and Technology Conference organized by Effat University on Sunday discussed issues pertaining to the fast-changing technologies and ways to effectively gain from the technological revolution. (AN photo)
Updated 27 February 2018

Keeping up with technology is must for progress, say experts at Saudi conference

JEDDAH: Advances in technology are changing every aspect of human life and in order to adapt to the latest development, experts stress the need to raise awareness among the masses in this regard.
Experts at the 15th annual Learning and Technology Conference organized by Effat University on Sunday discussed issues pertaining to the fast-changing technologies and ways to effectively gain from the technological revolution.
The event titled “Internet of Things (IoT) …Embedding Technology” was attended by a number of experts from different fields who highlighted the pros and cons of technology and the impact of automation on our daily lives.
“We chose this topic to raise awareness among people, to get them ready, to make them aware of the risks, and the pros and cons and to help prepare them to adapt to it, because usually, people resist change,” said Dr. Khulood Rambo, dean of Effat College of Engineering, who also chaired the conference.
Dr. Abdulrahman Alahdal gave a presentation on “Biomedical application of IoT technologies and its effect.” He highlighted how technology has changed medical procedures.
Through his presentation titled “Internet of Things: The New Education and Learning Era,” Dr. Abdulrahman Sheikh underscored the importance of the Internet in imparting education.
Scott Amyx, who was the keynote speaker, discussed the impact of technology in the industrial sector in his presentation titled “Saudi Arabia’s potential to be the No. 1 renewable energy producer in the world.”
He highlighted Effat University’s Master of Science in Energy Engineering program, specifically the Renewable Energy concentration.
“There is a definite hunger for progress and transformation,” Amyx said.
Dr. Adil Rajput, an instructor at Effat University, explained that the conference was specifically focused on the learning aspects of various technologies. “Technology is shaping our lives and we need to take a look at different aspects including security and social,” he told Arab News.


Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

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Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday in his first visit since 2007, and is scheduled to have a meeting with Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Govervor Prince Faisal bin Bandar personally welcomed the Russian leader.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

Watch the live coverage of Putin’s arrival: