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Estonia is creating a national AI policy

“We could just tinker around without having a coordinated, coherent plan,” Siim Sikkut, Estonia’s chief information officer told business newspaper Wall Street Journal. “But if you want to make a concentrated effort and move strong and fast, you need to figure out what to put in motion, (what) barriers to break, and that’s what the plan gives us.” This is the main reason why Estonia is creating a national AI policy.

Estonia’s tech-savvy population has helped transform the country into an innovation hub, with the tiny Baltic nation hitting above its weight in launching startups. Similarly, Estonia’s geographical location has propelled the government’s approach to technology. Estonia is a leader in cybersecurity, but also blockchain and e-Residency. Now Estonia is working toward a national policy concerning artificial intelligence, Wall Street Journal writes.

The country, with a population of about 1.3 million, will join several others that have developed national strategies to promote the use and development of AI, including China, Finland, Canada, France and Germany.

Estonia’s upcoming action plan will address issues such as the extent to which government should use AI without being overly reliant on the technology or intruding on privacy, Mr. Sikkut said.

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