Singapore Aims for Widespread AI Use
Wed, April 14, 2021

Singapore Aims for Widespread AI Use

Singapore wants to leverage AI to improve the lives of its citizens / Photo Credit by: Nattee Chalermtiragool (via Shutterstock)


According to Eileen Yu of business technology news website ZDNet, Singapore revealed its ambitious plan of adopting AI across the city-state, positioning itself as a global platform to develop and test the technology. With its national AI strategy, the government aims to leverage the technology to create economic value, improve the lives of citizens, and equip its workforce with the necessary skills. Stressing the significant role of AI in Singapore’s smart nation efforts, the government stated that its strategy is necessary to determine and allocate resources to key focus areas on a national level. 

It also outlined how government agencies, organizations, and researchers will work together to ensure “a positive impact from AI” and to bring attention to areas where change or potential risks need to be managed and addressed. The goal is to make Singapore a leader in developing and deploying “scalable, impactful AI solutions” in key verticals by 2030, as stated by the Smart Nation Digital Government Office (SNDGO), which helped create the national AI strategy. Singaporeans also trust AI, and this trust needs to be nurtured through awareness of the technology’s benefits and implications. 

Moreover, another goal Singapore hopes to achieve is for its workforce to have the necessary skills to support an AI-enabled economy by 2030. The country also wants its entrepreneurs and engineers to develop new AI products and services to cater to both local and global markets. The SDNGO, which is part of the prime minister’s office, said that domestically, Singapore’s public and private sectors will utilize AI decisively to improve lives and generate economic gains. Internationally, it will be known as a global hub in “innovating, piloting, test-bedding, deploying, and scaling AI solutions for impact,” the SDNGO added. 

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong explained that the national AI strategy is a key step in the country’s smart nation journey, deepening its use of AI to transform the economy. It also means going beyond AI technologies as Singapore wants to rethink business models and make deep changes to “reap productivity gains and create new areas of growth.”