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PALKOVICS: HUNGARY AI STRATEGY READY

 

Hungary has prepared its Artificial Intelligence Strategy which addresses technical and human-sciences issues emerging from the evolution of AI, the innovation and technology minister said at Pannon University in Veszprém. Artificial Intelligence raises a number of moral and social questions, one of which is to what extent will it overwhelm natural intelligence, László Palkovics said. AI is emerging as part of the creative industry, and this raises the question of whether it should be considered a threat or an opportunity, the minister said. “AI allows people to spend time on things with which they can create more value-added,” he said.
AI can be used in many areas from face recognition, health checks, polygraph tests, X-rays, noise indication of agricultural machine defects and self-driving vehicles to composing music and writing poems, he said. Talking about AI’s use in transport, Palkovics said it would help to eliminate human error and spare time and fuel. Further, Palkovics said AI will also become widely used in some professions and in state services. “By 2030, Artificial Intelligence is expected to have contributed 14%, or about 7,000 billion forints (EUR 20.9bn), to [the country’s] GDP,” the minister said.
The Artificial Intelligence Strategy has been prepared by more than 200 institutions and companies, he said. It covers changes to data laws, the creation of a national laboratory, incentives for companies, research and development, training, infrastructure development and automatised administration in areas such as health care, as well as ethical and legal issues to be addressed. Once approved by the government, the strategy will be posted on its kormany.hu website, Palkovics said.