Riyadh to host AI art competition

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Updated 23 December 2019

Riyadh to host AI art competition

  • The Artathon is an initiative of the Global AI Summit, which will be held in the Saudi capital on March 30-31

Riyadh will host on Jan. 23-25 the Artathon competition, which will gather artists and experts on artificial intelligence (AI) under one roof to produce distinctive works of art through AI.

The Artathon, an initiative of the Global AI Summit to be held in Riyadh on March 30-31, will witness the participation of more than 300 people.

Twenty teams will be selected to follow an intensive development program with the support of international experts.

The program will continue from Jan. 26 to March 30, creating visual artworks that will be curated in a special exhibition in Riyadh as part of the summit’s activities.

An international panel of judges drawn from different fields of AI will select 10 concepts of AI art that will then be displayed at the exhibition.

The competition will be open to all nationalities. The 10 best works of art will be awarded cash prizes of more than SR500,000 ($133,280).

Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi — president of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, and chairman of the summit’s Supreme Supervisory Committee — said the Artathon will give inventors in different fields the opportunity to meet and interact. The development program will result in distinctive works of art, he added.

“Around the world there’s a growing movement of AI art, where humans and machines collaborate using AI, machine learning, image analysis and other digital technologies to create new artworks,” he said.


Lebanese star Nancy Ajram postpones TikTok concert following Beirut explosion

Updated 05 August 2020

Lebanese star Nancy Ajram postpones TikTok concert following Beirut explosion

DUBAI: Lebanese pop star Nancy Ajram has postponed her virtual TikTok performance following the tragic incident in Beirut on Aug. 4 that killed at least 100 people and injured thousands.

“In light of the devastating explosions that took place in Beirut, TikTok expresses its deepest condolences to the Lebanese people and stands with them in solidarity during this difficult time,” announced the social media platform in a press release.

The concert was scheduled to take place on Aug. 6 at 10pm GST.  A new date has not been announced.

In order to support those who have been affected by the blast, here are some organizations you can donate to.