Singapore ramps up AI drive with inter-agency unit

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Singapore is ramping up efforts to build up its skillsets in artificial intelligence (AI) and become a global hub where such applications can be tested and deployed. To help the country get there, a new unit comprising various government agencies will be set up this year to review how Singapore should develop AI as a strategic capability. In the coming years, with the data generated from Singapore's expanding digital infrastructure, services would become more personalised and tailored to individual's needs as well as be more responsive. Citizens, too, increasingly would expect their government to be able to respond in a similar way, said Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore's Minister-in-charge of Smart Nation Initiative, who was speaking in parliament on Thursday at the Committee of Supply 2019 Debate. Country's government has introduced initiatives to train 12,000 people in artificial intelligence skillsets, including industry professionals and secondary school students.


Singapore looks to prep financial workforce for data analytics, automation era

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Employees then will need to assume new or expanded tasks that require a higher level of judgement and creativity, while tasks that are repetitive and rules-based will be automated. These jobs were projected for the financial services industry across key sectors that included banking, capital markets, asset management, and insurance, and were part of a study released by the Ministry of Manpower. Conducted by Ernst & Young, the report was commissioned by the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore (IBF) and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to assess how data analytics and automation would likely transform the local financial sector over the next three to five years. Country's government has introduced initiatives to train 12,000 people in artificial intelligence skillsets, including industry professionals and secondary school students. In conjunction with the release, the IBF and Workforce Singapore (WSG) also introduced a programme that encompassed structured training and attachment schemes with financial institutions to help professionals start a career in technology.


10,000 in Singapore to be taught AI basics for free

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SINGAPORE: Singaporeans ranging from secondary students to working adults will get to pick up artificial intelligence (AI) basics for free as part of a programme called AI for Everyone (AI4E) unveiled on Thursday (Aug 30). The programme, which targets 10,000 participants, aims to familiarise them with AI and help them understand how it can be used in their daily lives, said Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran at an event to commemorate the first-year milestone for AI Singapore (AISG). It will also help dispel fears that AI will replace jobs, according to a separate joint fact sheet by AISG, Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the National University of Singapore (NUS). Materials for the three-hour workshop will be provided by tech giants Intel and Microsoft. These free workshops will start from the end of this month and will run for three years.


Google opens first developer hub in Singapore

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Google is offering a physical space that provides developers in Southeast Asia the resources they need to build products and grow their business, including access to the vendor's technologies and engineers, hands-on mentorship, and networking opportunities. Occupying 7,200 square feet within its Singapore office, the Developer Space @ Google Singapore is its first such facility worldwide that is "dedicated to developers", according to the US tech giant. The new hub would support training workshops Google had hosted for developers and startups in the region, said Sami Kizilbash, Google's developer relations program manager. He pointed to a four-day machine learning bootcamp held last November, which provided a platform for participants to understand how Google Cloud could be tapped to better structure data for analytics purposes. Amid Alibaba's increased efforts to build up its cloud footprint, Google also is beefing up its coverage in Asia-Pacific where it says it will operate seven cloud regions by early-2019, up from just one region two years ago.


Singapore releases framework on how AI can be ethically used

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DAVOS - Singapore has released a framework on how artificial intelligence (AI) can be ethically and responsibly used, which businesses in the Republic and elsewhere can adopt as they grapple with issues that have emerged with new technology. This model framework for AI governance is a "living document" intended to evolve along with the fast-paced changes in a digital economy. It takes in feedback from the industry, and will be tweaked when it gets more views. It was released by Mr S. Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information, at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting which he is attending. The framework is the first in Asia to provide detailed and readily implementable guidance to private sector organisations using AI, said the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).