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Singapore to build capabilities in artificial intelligence

Minister says that the programme will invest in deep technology, such as next-generation artificial intelligence systems with human-like learning abilities

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 May, 2017, 11:29am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 May, 2017, 11:29am

BY TAN WEIZHEN

A new national programme to build Singapore’s capabilities in artificial intelligence, particularly in finance, healthcare and city management solutions, was launched on Wednesday (May 3).

The National Research Foundation will pump S$150 million (US$107,712,207) over five years into this programme, called AI.SG, with a target to come up with 100 artificial intelligence projects to solve ‘real-world’ problems.

Announcing this at annual tech conference Innovfest, Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said the programme will address major challenges affecting society, such as healthcare issues with an ageing population, or how to improve traffic management during peak hour.

It will invest in deep technology, such as next-generation artificial intelligence systems with human-like learning abilities.

This initiative will also drive companies to adopt artificial intelligence to increase productivity and create solutions.

It will be helmed by several government agencies, including the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office, Infocomm Media Development Authority and Integrated Health Information Systems.

Dr Yaacob also announced the setting up of the Singapore Data Science Consortium, which will deepen research in data science, and encourage industry adoption in this area.

It aims to be the key platform in Singapore for companies to access the latest technologies in data science, and will link companies with research institutions so that they can tap on their expertise to create solutions using data science.

“AI and data science are key frontier technologies that the Singapore Government will harness and build capabilities in. In the longer run, such investments will enhance the economic opportunities for all Singaporeans,”said Dr Yaacob.

Singapore to build capabilities in artificial intelligence