AI strategy in the Southeast Asia

HolonIQ, an education market intelligence company recently published snapshot of the 2020 Global AI strategy landscape. The summary maps 50 national artificial intelligence strategies.

Below is a list of countries in Southeast Asia that have share brief summaries and links to policy and strategy documents – as of February 2020. Australia and New Zealand are included:

Malaysia – 2018, Malaysia revealed a National Artificial Intelligence Framework expanding the National Big Data Analytics Framework.

Indonesia – Indonesia Artificial Intelligence Society (IAIS) inaugurated under Smart Indonesia in October 2019. National Strategy expected in 2020.

Singapore – May 2017. AI Singapore is a five-year, S$150 million national program launched in to enhance Singapore’s capabilities in AI.

Thailand – Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry has drafted the country’s first artificial intelligence (AI) ethics guidelines.

Vietnam – Ministry of Information and Communications developing a broad AI strategy.

Australia – November 2019, AI Roadmap focused on specialization in health, infrastructure and natural resources. Planning for an additional 161,000 AI specialists by 2030

New Zealand – May 2018, AI Forum of New Zealand, released “Artificial Intelligence: Shaping a Future New Zealand.”

Meanwhile, some exciting examples of the development of AI and education:

Georgia Institute of Technology in the US is experimenting with a virtual teaching assistant named Jill Watson, built on the Jeopardy-winning IBM Watson supercomputer platform. The AI answers questions in a discussion forum alongside human teaching assistants. Jill Watson could help students especially in larger online courses. The university is also working on developing virtual tutors.

Barnes & Noble Education already has an A.I. writing tool called bartleby write, named for the clerk in the Herman Melville short story, that corrects grammar, punctuation and spelling, searches for plagiarism and helps create citations.

At Arizona State University, A.I. is being used to watch for signs that A.S.U. Online students might be struggling, and to alert their academic advisers.

AI-assisted Immersive Classroom at Rensselaer

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute language students is using an immersion lab with 15-foot walls and a 360-degree projection system to transport students to China. “The students learn Mandarin Chinese by conversing with A.I. avatars that can recognize not only what they say but their gestures and expressions, all against a computer-generated backdrop of Chinese street markets, restaurants and other scenes.”

HolonIQ, 2020, The 2020 AI Strategy Landscape: 50 national artificial intelligence strategies shaping the future of humanity, February

The New York Times, 2020, How technology is changing the future of higher education, February

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