Singapore has updated its AI strategy. This will triple the company's AI talent pool to address new risks posed by generative AI and impacting users.
This latest strategy comes as Singapore also looks to advance in the global race for AI supremacy.
Under the latest strategy announced on December 4, coinciding with the first Singapore Conference on AI (SCAI), Singapore will establish an “iconic” site to foster its AI community.
The new strategy, known as National AI Strategy 2.0: AI for the public good in Singapore and the world, focuses on leveraging AI to ensure technology serves the public good.
Renewed interest in generative AI
The original AI strategy was launched in 2019. A lot has happened in the AI field since then. Generative AI has come a long way, fueled by his ChatGPT of OpenAI, which was released last November to immediate success.
Such tools have the ability to create text, images, audio, video, and “near-human intelligence” and can be used by “anyone with an Internet connection.”
These developments require existing strategies to be updated to capture potential risks and address them in a way that benefits all stakeholders.
Announcement of revised plan, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong emphasized the need for Singapore to harness the benefits of AI for the public good. This includes being aware of the downsides of technology such as job losses, misinformation, deepfakes, cyber-attacks, and fraud.
“Traditionally, knowledge-based tasks such as research, coding, and writing were considered disruption-free. But with AI, that is no longer the case,” DPM said of the breakthrough in generative AI. .
Generative AI tools are emerging around the world, and technology companies are competing to play a leading role in technologies that are predicted to transform the economy.
According to DPM Wong, generative AI has “sparked renewed interest in the potential of AI, its risks, and its impact on humanity.”
“Debates about the potential benefits and threats of AI are not new, but we are entering uncharted territory,” he said.
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Expansion of AI human resources
The original strategy in 2019 was aimed at introducing AI use cases in specific sectors such as education, healthcare, and security.but Updated strategy The company is also currently considering expanding its AI workforce to around 15,000 people through training of local residents and hiring from overseas.
“The government plans to invest heavily in adult education and training to reskill and upskill workers,” said Democratic Party Prime Minister Wong.
according to Straits Times, the group of personnel receiving training includes data and machine learning scientists. According to DPM Wong, this includes engineers who are at the core of translating AI into real-world applications.
A dedicated, iconic site, the location of which has yet to be announced, will host AI developers and users together, forming a close-knit community that inspires innovation.
Dealing with prejudice
Research is expected to be at the heart of Singapore's latest strategy as it seeks to take an informed perspective on AI development.
Researchers are focusing on how AI can “improve our understanding of logical and physical concepts and explain their answers,” but they are concerned about biases in AI databases and how their answers can be explained. Research exploring responsible AI is also expected as part of addressing concerns about accuracy.
Despite its transformative power, generative AI has drawn much criticism for its gender, ethnic, racial, and linguistic biases.
While Singapore may not be able to compete with superpowers in the AI space, DPM Wong laid out plans to “support its ambitions with computing power and infrastructure that meets the needs of the growing industry”.
“While we cannot compete with major countries in terms of amassing raw computing power, we can ensure that we have the computing capacity to meet growing research needs and industry demands and fully support our strategic AI agenda. We will do our best to ensure that