May 18, 2017

Finland aims for the top in AI

Finland wants companies and organisations to collaborate in developing ways to benefit from AI.
Finland wants companies and organisations to collaborate in developing ways to benefit from AI.
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Finland is developing a suggestion for the country’s very own artificial intelligence (AI) programme to become the best in the world in the field.

Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä today announced the establishment of an AI-focussed steering group. According to Lintilä, AI has risen to the core of the next wave of digitalisation, and Finland, in line with the current government programme, is harnessing its expertise to take advantage of this development.

The goal is to make AI and robotics the key to success for Finnish companies. Lintilä states that Finland wants to be the best in the world in applying AI and renewing ways of working.

In order to meet the goal, a new form of collaboration is needed between companies, research and education institutions, as well as public organisations.

“Finnish companies and Finnish society have an excellent basis to turn the challenges and opportunities brought about by AI into accelerators of sustainable growth,” Lintilä notes.

The programme is expected to deliver concrete proposals regarding how to use AI for the benefit of the wellbeing of the country. The programme will be ready by the end of September, after which the steering group will continue to guide its implementation, monitoring and reporting.

 

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