February 21, 2024

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Singapore’s Commitment to AI for Public Good

Josephine Teo, Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, emphasised the country’s dedication to utilising artificial intelligence (AI) and reiterated the technology’s critical role in the country’s economic and social development, portraying it as more than just a luxury but a necessity.

Acknowledging the significance of human capital, the Minister emphasised Singapore’s intention to leverage AI for the public good. The nation has made substantial strides, boasting a National AI Strategy since 2019 and a well-established AI Governance framework. The investment of over S$500 million in AI R&D over the past five years underscores Singapore’s dedication to staying ahead in the AI landscape.

“Our focus on AI for the Public Good is equally our commitment to our people. That is the harnessing of the power technology, we are anchored in how it serves them and helps to unlock our collective potential,” said Minister Josephine.

Singapore’s focus extends beyond technological advancements; it aims to empower citizens and businesses to navigate an AI-driven future with confidence. The government, serving as a steward, envisions developing and deploying AI for the greater good, with a pragmatic approach and a commitment to responsible governance.

Minister Josephine outlined Singapore’s multifaceted strategy for maximising AI benefits. The first pillar involves establishing robust infrastructure, including sustainable solutions like green data centres. Secondly, Singapore aims to cultivate AI capabilities across all sectors, with an emphasis on practical applications and a focus on attracting top talent.

Recognising the importance of data in AI, Minister Josephine underscored efforts to ensure relevant, trusted data is accessible for projects serving the public good. The third pillar centres on AI governance, with initiatives such as AI Verify, aimed at responsible AI development, addressing evolving risks like bias and cybersecurity.

In the final pillar, Minister Teo emphasised the need for partnerships to advance AI. International collaborations, such as with the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, illustrate Singapore’s commitment to shaping global standards and fostering innovation while the collaboration with enterprises showcases Singapore’s appeal for talent and innovation.

The Minister called for collaboration with private capital, drawing parallels with philanthropic contributions that have left a lasting impact in fields like healthcare and education. The government seeks to join forces with private capital for meaningful AI projects, echoing the legacy of past philanthropists who supported social needs.

Minister Josephine has a call to action, inviting stakeholders to partner in driving impactful AI innovation in Singapore. She urged support for building AI R&D capabilities, investing in causes that serve the public good, and empowering people and businesses to confidently embrace AI. With an optimistic outlook, Minister Josephine envisioned a future where AI maximises benefits, empowers individuals, and creates a brighter future for the next generation.

AI plays a pivotal role in advancing public good across various domains. In healthcare, AI facilitates early and accurate diagnoses, personalising treatment and improving overall efficiency. The educational landscape benefits from AI-driven adaptive learning platforms that cater to individual student needs, promoting inclusivity.

AI’s contribution to environmental sustainability is notable through predictive modelling for climate patterns and optimising energy consumption. Besides, AI promotes social justice by mitigating biases in decision-making processes, contributing to fairer outcomes in areas like criminal justice. In governance, AI enhances civic engagement, transparency, and resource allocation for more effective public services.

During crises, AI aids in disaster response and management, facilitating proactive measures and efficient emergency operations. It also contributes to public safety and security through advanced surveillance and cybersecurity measures. The responsible integration of AI emerges as essential for societies to harness its transformative potential, creating a future where technology drives positive transformation and addresses complex global challenges.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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