The Quarterly is back after the summer break. I hope you all managed to take some time off and relax at some point.
It’s been one busy summer in the tech sector to say the least. Have you managed to keep up with all the startup funding news? It feels like we have been announcing investment stories on our website on a daily basis! We’ve included some of the main stories in this issue, just in case you’ve missed out on them. I’m pretty sure that from the time this issue went to print and got to your hands, several more investment announcements were made, so make sure to subscribe to our digest to get weekly top stories in your inbox.
Also during the summer, a large amount of articles from all across the globe have commented on the doom of artificial intelligence (AI) creating reverberations of worries. Many famous individuals who work in technology such as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawkins, and several others have echoed those fears. Is AI capable of taking over the world? What is the future of man and machines? Will AI become more intelligent than humans? In this issue, we studied the history of AI and explored how AI has impacted the automotive, health, education, and banking sectors. We also checked out all the emerging startups in the MENA region that have been utilizing AI.
There’s a scene in the musical Oliver! in which the orphans belt out “oh food marvelous food, wonderful food, magical food, fabulous food, beautiful food, food glorious food.” Once you read our feature story in this issue on the digital transformation of the food industry in the region that explores the many shades of food tech, and maps out all the food tech startups, you will be singing “Food Glorious Food” as well – albeit for a different reason than those poor orphans did.
It’s my wish that The Quarterly will become an essential part of your professional life, a resource that you depend on to keep up with the rapidly evolving world of digital technology. As always, I hope you enjoy this issue, and do let me know if there are any topics you would like to see covered in the future.
@rampurple Rita Makhoul Managing Editor