MDEC to establish AI unit comprising local, international experts

04 Jul 2019 / 19:38 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is establishing an artificial intelligence (AI) unit to support the setting up of the National AI Framework, which is now more than 50% ready.

Chief executive officer Surina Shukri (pix) said the unit would comprise a mix of local and international experts to ensure Malaysia is on the right track to develop an AI ecosystem in the country.

She said the international experts have been identified and are ready to help Malaysia develop the industry.

Citing an example, she said the UK has a similar AI unit with all the related agencies coming together and focusing more on AI.

“We are still in the process of getting feedback. The topic is important and we need to make sure we think of the right aspects,“ she told a press conference on Beyond Paradigm Summit 2019, which is organised by Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd.

“AI is a new topic for Malaysia. We need to understand and we would share on how to participate for either the industry, government or academia. So we would outline all that,“ she said.

Surina noted that various initiatives and workshops have been done since early this year in setting up the national AI framework, which is slated to be launched at the end of the year.

She said it is important to transform the nation to become an AI hub and lay foundation frameworks and policies related to the main pillar of Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0) by continuously engaging and encouraging the private sector and related agencies to play a vital role in this digital transformation.

She expressed hope that the summit, to be held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre on July 17 and 18, would be among the platforms to meet with multiple stakeholders to gather inputs on AI to best serve the businesses, consumers and citizens.

The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) is a co-organiser of Beyond Paradigm Summit 2019, while MDEC and Microsoft are the official partners. TM one is the technology partner of the summit.

The summit will also be organised in Kuching, Sarawak, on July 20-21 at Pullman Hotel to showcase the opportunities being offered by the IR 4.0 technologies.

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