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Taiwan’s future in AI development

By Kung Ming-hsin 龔明鑫

First, there is the problem of how to link data across departments as quickly as possible while protecting personal data. This includes data in such realms as health insurance, labor, education and finance. The more integration there is, the greater the likelihood of achieving innovation.

Second, algorithms are essential for innovation. Besides nurturing and strengthening AI and software talent, it will be necessary to boost basic hardware computing power.

Finally, complete business ecosystems must be constructed for different specialist sectors — this is an important goal of the “Asian Silicon Valley” initiative.

The government has ministries and ministers without portfolio working on these tasks at an interministerial level.

However, besides the central government, manufacturing ecosystems include other participants, such as local governments, academia, research institutes, big corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, and start-ups.

All these sectors and more will hopefully take part in this process and share in the opportunities that AI will bring.

Kung Ming-hsin is the deputy minister of economic affairs and cochief executive of the Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency.

Translated by Julian Clegg

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