Sheikh Khalifa issues law on legislation for future technologies

RegLab will launch in January and will proactively anticipate and develop future legislation governing the use and application of technologies

An attendee tries out an application on a SoftBank Group Corp. Pepper humanoid robot at the SoftBank Robot World 2017 in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. SoftBank Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son has put money into robots, artificial intelligence, microchips and satellites, sketching a vision of the future where a trillion devices are connected to the internet and technology is integrated into humans.  Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

The President, Sheikh Khalifa, has issued a law authorising the UAE Cabinet to grant temporary licences for testing of innovations that use future technology and its applications, such as artificial intelligence.

The law provides a safe testing environment for legislation that will govern the use and applications of future technology.

The study to develop new legislation will begin with the launch of the RegLab in January.

RegLab will be the largest laboratory to anticipate and develop future laws governing the use and application of technology, the state news agency Wam reported.

It is hoped that the lab will allow the UAE to become a regional and global leader for attracting innovation and advanced technology applications. These include self-driving vehicles and artificial intelligence in health.

The lab aims to create a reliable and transparent legislative environment, introduce new or develop existing legislation, regulate advanced technology products and applications and, by providing a secure legislative environment encourage investment in future sectors.

The legislation lab will work with leaders from government authorities and the private sector and business to develop laws governing vital future sectors affecting humanity, and support the UAE’s role as a global incubator of innovation and creative projects.

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