Singapore unveils two initiatives to help 12,000 people learn about AI

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Also revealed: the members of Singapore’s Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of AI and Data (Advisory Council)

To gear up for the rising tide of Artifical Intelligence (AI) innovations sweeping across all industries, the Singapore government has launched two initiatives to strengthen the public’s knowledge of the technology.

The initiatives are the result of a partnership between the state-run AI programme AI Singapore (AISG) and Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), under the skills development and job placement hub TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA).

AI for Everyone (AI4E)

The first initiative, called AI for Everyone (AI4E), will help 10,000 people in Singapore, ranging from secondary school students to working adults, to discover how AI can improve their everyday lives and impact society.

Through that, participants will gain an understanding of how AI products and services work. Intel and Microsoft will come on board as content providers in this new programme.

The programme is free for all 10,000 participants. AISG will also work with schools, polytechnics and Institutes of Technical Education (ITE) to conduct similar workshops at their premises.

AI for Industry (AI4I)

The next initiative will be tailored towards “technically inclined industry professionals”. Called AI for Industry (AI4I), this programme aims to help 2,000 of such individuals adopt AI skills to become more efficient workers and through that, boost their productivity and competitiveness.

It will be presented as a three-month online-offline hybrid programme. The objective is to help participants learn how to develop basic AI and data applications using Python.

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Upon completion, participants will each receive a Foundations in AI certification. Programme fees for AI4I will be subsidised by IMDA’s TeSA CITREP programme.

IMDA, Microsoft and Intel, and DataCamp, an online learning platform for Data Science and AI, will support this initiative.

“Learning Data Science by doing is key to helping upskill engineers, developers and other IT professionals in Singapore,” said Jonathan Cornelissen, CEO and founder of DataCamp.

Singapore’s Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of AI and Data

Today, the names of the members who will sit on Singapore’s Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of AI and Data were also unveiled. They consist of industry experts from top tech companies as well as leaders of local private and public institutions.

They are:

  1.  V.K. Rajah SC (Chairman) – Essex Court Chambers Duxton (Singapore Group Practice)
  2. Jenni Aldrich – Asia Pacific Vice President of Legal, Google
  3. Amit Anand – Co-founder and Managing Partner, Jungle Ventures
  4. Professor Chan Heng Chee – Chairman, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design
  5. Dr Chen Wei – Chief Operating Officer, Social Credits
  6. Chia Song Hwee – President & Chief Operating Officer, Temasek International
  7. Andreas Ebert – Worldwide National Technology Officer, Office of the CTO, Industries, Microsoft Corporation
  8. Piyush Gupta – Chief Executive Officer, DBS Group
  9. Hamidah Aidillah Mustafa – Founder, Parrot Social Pte Ltd
  10. Peter Ho – Chairman, National Supercomputing Centre Steering Committee
  11. Sara Yu Siying – Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Partner, Alibaba Group

The council will be working with IMDA to overlook the responsible development and deployment of AI.

Their tasks will include helping the government develop AI ethics standards and reference governance frameworks, and publish guidelines and recommended codes of practice for use of AI in industries.

The council will also help investment firms and businesses address issues regarding the ethical use and adoption of AI and data on; as well as consumer representatives on expectations and acceptance of AI usage.

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