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An AI alternative agenda for ASEAN


AI has the potential to basically change the methods we reside, work and be taught. As highlighted in our international AI Alternative Agenda, we’re presently at an inflection level the place the alternatives made by governments, trade leaders and civil society will decide how AI is used to profit as many individuals as doable.

With a younger and tech-optimistic inhabitants, a dynamic digital panorama and a burgeoning tech ecosystem, ASEAN (the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations) is well-positioned to harness AI to radically remodel its future. From fixing public well being issues to strengthening catastrophe resilience, to elevating financial competitiveness, there are numerous alternatives for AI to hurry progress in the direction of these targets.

As ASEAN Digital Ministers and officers meet in Singapore this week to debate AI amongst different matters, we’re launching an AI Alternative Agenda for ASEAN — a whitepaper outlining coverage suggestions to ASEAN member states (AMS) with strategies on the best way to profit from AI.

We provide three key suggestions on how AMS — individually and on the ASEAN stage — can harness AI responsibly and to its fullest potential.

Put money into innovation infrastructure

AMS can assist scientific competitiveness by investing in long-term analysis and growth and testing new approaches to construct out AI infrastructure. Selling collaboration for creating nationwide AI technique is essential to constructing the general public’s belief with AI.

Construct an AI-ready workforce

To thrive within the AI period, it’s important for employees to construct new expertise. That requires adapting skilling applications throughout sectors, creating nationwide AI coaching and assist applications and establishing new public-private partnerships to scale these applications and make them accessible to all employees. AMS ought to develop a complete ASEAN AI skilling roadmap with coaching and assist applications for various constituencies — together with youth, employees, and micro, small and medium-sized companies.

Promote inclusive adoption and accessibility

AMS ought to establish precedence sectors with the very best want or the bottom uptake of AI instruments (or each). Working carefully with these sectors on new pilot initiatives to mannequin efficient AI deployment will assist make it possible for these applications are as inclusive as doable. AMS ought to undertake and promote the usage of frequent technical requirements, which may even assist scale back the compliance burden for small and medium-sized companies throughout ASEAN.

Google’s contribution

We’re happy to work with governments and others to assist ASEAN communities and companies profit from the AI alternative. The most recent e-Conomy SEA by Google, Temasek and Bain reveals that Southeast Asia’s digital financial system hit US$100 billion in income in 2022, however there may be work to be completed to make sure everybody can entry the advantages of expertise.

We’ll proceed to assist efforts round infrastructure, skilling and accessibility by way of varied initiatives. Google’s investments in community infrastructure have had a constructive impression, with AnalysisMason estimating these investments led to USD 640 billion in combination GDP for Asia-Pacific from 2010 to 2021. On skilling, we partnered with the federal government in Singapore to launch AI Trailblazers, which aimed to deal with 100 generative AI use instances inside 100 days, by offering AI coaching and infrastructure. By means of Google’s Digital Futures Mission, a Google.org fund which offers grants to assume tanks and educational establishments, we assist work to grasp each the alternatives and challenges of AI. Domestically, this fund is supporting AI Singapore to arrange cross-sector trade roundtables to look at challenges and functions of accountable AI deployment within the area. We’ve additionally launched an AI Coverage and Skilling Lab for Southeast Asia, a sequence of Google-led workshops and sources which goal to assist policymakers on AI and its use instances.

We stay up for partnering with ASEAN to work in the direction of an AI-driven future for everybody.

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