The Singapore government announced its latest national strategy for artificial intelligence (AI) 2.0 on December 4, 2023. Photo/The Edge Singapore
SINGAPORE – The Singapore government announced its latest national strategy for artificial intelligence (AI) 2.0 on 4 December 2023. The National Strategy for AI 2.0 outlines the Singapore government’s plans to use innovation and overcome technology-related challenges.
Singapore’s national AI strategy includes plans to improve government competency, build a smart nation, and increase computing capacity. Singapore organizes its AI strategy into three distinct systems, consisting of ten enablers, that drive the systems.
Then there are 15 action steps to make the system work. The Coin Telegraph page states that the systematic approach of this updated plan focuses on three main areas of society.
The three focuses are “activity drivers”, “people and communities”, and “infrastructure and environment”. One of the steps Singapore is taking is to develop new AI “Centers of Excellence” (CoE) across all companies operating in the country.
“We want to encourage experimentation and innovation. “We will create regulations so that innovation can develop in Singapore, so that innovation and experimentation do not pose systemic risks,” said Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong at the Singapore AI Conference (SCAI) quoted from The Edge Singapore page, Tuesday (5/12/2023) .
This policy is to encourage the creation and use of advanced AI in key sectors. The updated AI plan also has benchmarks in equipping government agencies with specialized knowledge, technical capabilities and regulatory tools as well as sharpening AI skills across Singapore’s public officials.
In keeping with this vision, Singapore plans to use its government capacity to create resources to support AI adoption in the public sector. Apart from that, the company also plans to increase the number of AI practitioners or local experts to 15,000 people.
Singapore, like many other countries around the world, says it also plans to increase its computing capacity. To this end, Singapore said it plans to deepen partnerships with key players in the industry, including chipmakers and cloud service providers (CSP).
Singapore plans to implement action steps in the next 3-5 years to support its ambitions in the AI sector. Singapore is following other countries in its efforts to embrace AI.
Recently, at the AI Safety Summit, the UK said it plans to invest 300 million pounds to acquire and operate 2 AI supercomputers to increase its footprint in the global AI race. OpenAI, one of the world’s leading AI developers, announced a partnership with G42 in Dubai to expand its reach into the Middle East region.