Local Press: Could Jais be the generative AI that will help secure Arabic’s future?

ABU DHABI, 1st September, 2023 (WAM) — A local newspaper has said despite the Arabic language’s global significance, its online presence is surprisingly minimal, although it is one of the most spoken languages offline. The rise of advanced AI technology, particularly large language models, highlights the need to address linguistic diversity in the digital age. “With the advent of new AI technology that can generate text, speech, images and other media, often to a level that matches or possibly surpasses human ability, the online presence of languages has suddenly become more relevant than ever,” The National said in an editorial on Friday. “Generative AI” is expected to transform the digital and real worlds alike, and its most common form is the large language model (LLM), which, as the name suggests, produces coherent content by training on vast amounts of data usually drawn from the internet in a given language. The more data available for training, the better the model. It is easy to see, then, why English seems set to dominate the AI revolution, and why the race is on for those who want to safeguard a future for other languages to catch up. This week, the position of the Arabic language got a boost with the roll-out of Jais, an open-source bilingual Arabic-English LLM developed in the UAE. Jais’s developers a team drawn from Abu Dhabi AI firm G42, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and US tech firm Cerebras Systems said their LLM is now the most accurate one available in Arabic. The paper added, “Impressively, Jais can operate in multiple Arabic dialects a skill that speakers of the language will know to be critical for widespread adoption and success.” Arabic is often referred to by linguists as a “macrolanguage”, owing to the extreme variations across these dialects. Jais’s developing ability to generate content across them, along with Modern Standard Arabic and English, could one day help to strengthen translation services, bolster the Arabic education sector and drive more digital adoption in the Arab world. The greatest challenge for Jais, of course, is the limited online Arabic material on which to train. But Andrew Jackson, chief executive of the G42 unit involved in Jais, said overcoming this obstacle is a major focus of the team’s work. “We’re spearheading an initiative to collect more Arabic data from offline sources,” he told The National. “So this has already kicked off in earnest and this is the first method that we will employ to boost Arabic.” The Abu Dhabi-based daily concluded, “Developing an Arabic LLM to a level that bears all the promise of English-language counterparts like ChatGPT will be a monumental task. It is perhaps little wonder that Jais is named for the UAE’s highest mountain. But if the summit of its potential can be reached, it could transform life in the Arab world and ensure that one of humanity’s great ancient languages has a permanent place in its future.”

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)


‘Jabalna Dabke 2023 Competition’ in Maasser Chouf, organized by ‘Jabalna Festival’. The winning group will represent Lebanon at the ‘World Folklore Days’ festival in Morocco from January 25 to 29.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Washington urges Azerbaijan to allow aid to enter Karabakh

US urged Azerbaijan Thursday to “immediately” allow the entry of aid into the Armenian-majority region of Nagorno-Karabakh, to which Baku closes the only road, amid the international community’s concern about the difficult humanitarian situation there, according to the Washington Times. For several months, Baku has closed the Lachin Corridor, the only one linking Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, attributing this to “security reasons.” US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller expressed in a statement “deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation” in the region. “We reiterate our demand for the immediate reopening of the Lachin Corridor to humanitarian assistance, goods and individuals,” he said. He called on officials in Armenia and Azerbaijan to reach “without delay an agreement on ways to deliver the necessary goods.”

Source: Jordan News Agency

Oil continues to rise for fourth session

Oil prices are heading to end a two-week losing streak, with its rise for the fourth consecutive session Friday thanks to declining supplies and expectations that the OPEC + group would extend production cuts until the end of the year. The two benchmarks rose slightly in early Asian trading, as US West Texas Intermediate crude rose seven cents, 0.1 per cent, to $83.70 a barrel, and Brent crude also rose seven cents to $86.90 a barrel, according to CNBC.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Vigils showed solidarity with Nigerian people in Hajjah

Vigils were held after Friday prayers in solidarity with the Nigerien Muslim people and their right to freedom from guardianship in Hajjah’s directorates .

The participants in the vigils affirmed their solidarity and stand with Nigerien people of , who face Western arrogance to plunder their wealth and confiscate their rights.

The statement called for wide participation in the commemoration of the Prophet’s birthday, may the best of prayers be upon its owner, his family, and complete recognition as befitting the greatness of the occasion.

It stressef that a sincere return to God and his Messenger is the only way to achieve the nation’s pride and freedom.

Source: Yemen News Agency

President Al-Mashat calls for sympathy and concern for poor, in anticipation of and welcoming anniversary of Prophet’s birthday

His Excellency Field Marshal Mahdi Al-Mashat, Head of the Supreme Political Council, called on the Yemeni people to pay attention to the poor, needy and for this month to be the month of sympathy, compassion and solidarity in anticipation of and welcoming the anniversary of the birth of the Great Prophet Muhammad, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him and his family.

President Al-Mashat explained in his two Friday sermons today at the Imam Al-Hadi Mosque in Sa’ada province, that the Yemeni people are coming on the occasion of the honorable birthday of the Prophet, may God bless him and his family with the best prayers and most sincere greetings.

He said, “We are coming on the occasion of the honorable birth of the Prophet, and we as a Yemeni people have the honor and pride that our ancestors and Yemen have the honor to be among the first to support the Messenger of God, Muhammad, may God’s prayers be upon him and his family.”

He added, “The great interaction that we observe from the Yemeni people with the occasion of the Prophet’s birthday. It is a great honor for us, as Yemenis, to celebrate his remembrance of the birth of the Master of Creation, the blessing that the Messenger of God represents in human liberation from worshiping the tyrant to worshiping God.”

The President continued, “You are watching how the Jewish lobby and America seek to impose ridiculous and despicable decadence projects on the people, until this decadence under the leadership of America has reached the point where its President Biden calls for deviance and says that America is a depraved and deviant nation.”

He stressed the need “for our heads to remain raised as long as we belong to our Prophet Muhammad, may God’s prayers be upon him and his family, and we follow his Qur’anic approach.” Pointing out that freedom for humanity is the summary of what the Messenger of God, may God’s prayers be upon him and his family, came for and for which he waded into the seas so that people might live. They are free and subject only to God alone.

He went on to say, “Prayer is a comprehensive title and a broad project that means reforming an individual’s behavior, and all internal reform processes lead us to purify souls and advance life in all aspects.”

He stated that enjoining good and forbidding evil is a great constitution. If we move towards it correctly, we will improve life, because every imbalance in this life falls under the title of enjoining good and forbidding evil.

He went on to say, “We have a Quranic project in Yemen, which is the project for which the martyr leader sacrificed. We have a great leadership that is not comparable to any leadership in our time, and it remains for us to elevate ourselves to be at the level of this project and the level of aspirations of the leadership and the people.”

President Al-Mashat concluded my Friday sermon by saying, “The Qur’anic project must have soldiers, and we have seen our great martyrs how they were among the best soldiers carrying this project with awareness, insight, and there must be someone who implements th e project in the correct manner

Source: Yemen News Agency