Singapore’s National AI Strategy 2.0 designed to unlock huge economic potential over 5 years

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Singapore’s National AI Strategy 2.0 designed to unlock huge economic potential over 5 years
Singapore’s National AI Strategy 2.0 designed to unlock huge economic potential over 5 years

The National AI Strategy 2.0 launched this week by Singapore Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong is ready to unlock the nation’s huge social and economic potential over the subsequent 5 years.

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Singapore DPM Lawrence Wong speaks on AI for world good on the inaugural Singapore Conference on AI (SCAI). Photo courtesy: X/@ArtworkWorldAI

Singapore has been a pacesetter within the Artificial Intelligence discipline for a number of years now, having topped a worldwide index on AI-readiness revealed in October 2019 and having allotted an extra SGD 180 million for AI analysis in November 2021, on high of its present SGD 500 million dedication. The newly launched National AI Strategy 2.0 (NAIS 2.0) is designed to improve Singapore’s AI-ready expertise pool by 15,000 people, 3x the quantity accessible at current.

As he launched the brand new technique on Monday, DPM Wong mentioned, “Knowledge-based work like analysis, coding and writing was thought-about secure from disruption up to now. But with AI, that’s now not the case.”

AI-powered instruments like ChatGPT are able to producing their very own content material, albeit content material that’s usually based mostly on writings and pictures already revealed by people — this is the reason ChatGPT has been disparagingly referred to as a “plagiarism instrument”. Nonetheless, the impression of AI is past dispute, and economies can both sink or swim on this expertise tide. Singapore clearly intends to swim.

‘AI for the Public Good, for Singapore and the World’

According to a authorities press launch, NAIS 2.0 was meant “to handle the challenges of our time, and uplift Singapore’s collective economic and social potential over the subsequent three to 5 years”. The launch mentioned: “The technique was unveiled on the opening dinner of the inaugural Singapore Conference on AI (SCAI; Dec 4-6), which was attended by over 100 native and abroad AI specialists from academia, {industry}, and authorities.”

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Singapore authorities will put money into coaching and assist staff adapt to the modifications caused by AI expertise. Representative photograph courtesy: Pixabay/geralt

The first NAIS was launched in 2019. Following Monday’s 2.0 technique launch, Smart Nation Singapore, a authorities company web site, mentioned in a press launch: “Guided by the imaginative and prescient ‘AI for the Public Good, for Singapore and the World’, NAIS 2.0 focuses on two key targets:

i) Excellence: Singapore will selectively develop peaks of excellence in AI, to advance the sphere and maximise worth creation. We intend to direct AI in the direction of addressing the wants and challenges of our time, corresponding to in areas of world significance like inhabitants well being and local weather change.

ii) Empowerment: Singapore will elevate up people, companies, and communities to use AI with confidence, discernment, and belief. We intend for AI to be the nice equaliser, which equips our individuals and companies with the capabilities and assets to thrive in an AI-enabled future.”

Speaking on the 2.0 launch, DPM Wong outlined how the AI expertise pool in Singapore can be augmented: “The authorities plans to make investments considerably in grownup schooling and coaching to reskill and upskill our staff.”

Data and Machine Learning scientists and engineers

DPM Wong mentioned in his handle, “Recent breakthroughs in AI have sparked renewed curiosity concerning the potential of AI, its dangers and implications to humanity… Discussions about AI’s potential advantages and threats will not be new, however we’re venturing into uncharted territory.”

The elevated pool of 15,000 AI-ready people in Singapore would encompass each native and overseas staff, with an emphasis on information and Machine Learning scientists and engineers as “the spine” of utilizing AI for apps, in accordance to what the deputy prime minister outlined.

Referring to the prevalent concern — globally and regionally — that AI would eat into human jobs, DPM Wong mentioned that the Singapore authorities would put money into coaching and assist staff adapt to the modifications.

He urged AI-related corporations in Singapore to discover going past their particular tasks and creating an even bigger AI ecosystem. “These centres can transcend the wants of the particular firm and profit the broader {industry}. There is potential for such industry-wide platforms in key areas like superior manufacturing, monetary providers, and biomedical research, the place Singapore is already working at the vanguard,” mentioned DPM Wong.

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