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Various opportunities to prosper from AI development

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The plenary session of 2019 Vietnam Artificial Intelligence day (AI4VN) held on August 16 at Hanoi University of Technology saw notable state officials as attendees, including Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh, and Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, indicating the importance of the event.

Various opportunities to prosper from AI development

The government have established a national strategy on industrial revolution 4.0 with AI as a priority, said Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung. The Ministry will also take their own actions, namely expanding the AI network among Vietnamese in other countries, as well as funding to train high-quality human resources.

Ulli Waltinger, Chief Technology Officer of Siemens Group (Germany) expressed the great effects of AI on worldwide technology advancement. This should be a cue for Vietnam to consider it a major factor for a national breakthrough.

Peter Vesterbacka, “creator” of the Angry Birds franchise, stated his belief that the lasting support from machines and AI will give rise to new jobs. As a result, it is essential to keep humans at the center of AI development, constantly embracing instead of clashing with them.

AI technology in Vietnam was said to be the continuous focus of the Ministry of Science and Technology among many other entities, said Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh previously at AI4VN 2019. He added that the Ministry will continue to approve key scientific programs to get more researchers, investors and enterprises on board with AI research and applications.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam suggested that the event of AI4VN 2019 has proven AI to be an opportunity for Vietnam to progress socially and economically. “The world is changing to be more connected and big data resources will push AI to serve, not to replace or rule people”, he said. Information technology, science, and AI are mere tools, and will go to waste if not exploited effectively.

He also expressed his joy towards the presence of the Union of AI Communities in Vietnam at this event, saying that it is the blueprint to create a key network of experts, managers and markets.

He added that it is necessary to integrate AI into smart cities, transportation, education or national and information security.

He believes that spreading knowledge about information technology and AI to all citizens will help Vietnam brigdge the gap between it and more developed countries.

By Tran Luu - Translated by Tan Nghia

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