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As Dubai’s Covid19 sterilization programme intensifies into a 24 hour a day operation, Dubai Police are using AI to ensure that only citizens who commit genuine breaches are issued with a fine. Keen to avoid blanket approaches at a time when key workers are still required to travel, the technology identifies car registration plates of essential workers in order to dismiss their cases before penalty is issued – provided their tracked route has been restricted to work and home locations. Similarly, citizens without permits to travel will also not be issued penalties if their journeys prove to be essential in nature, such as visits to supermarkets or pharmacies. This 360 approach is evidence of the leaps that AI is making to expand beyond yes or no decisions, processing several key factors as part of its decision making in the interests of safety and necessity.

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