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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.

Happy read­ing!

@ram­pur­ple Rita Makhoul Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor

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