Gobind's ministry working on a national data and AI policy

Gobind believes that it is important to have a data and AI policy that is recognised by the government. — Bernama

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo is set to propose a national data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) policy to the Cabinet.

"Most of the technology that we will employ in the Industrial Revolution 4.0 will depend on AI, so it is better that we have a clear policy in relation to that. This is a top priority for my ministry," Gobind said at the Next Big Tech Asia 2019 event in Kuala Lumpur.

This is not to be confused with the National AI Framework currently being developed by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).

The National AI Framework is an expansion of the National Big Data Analytics (BDA) ecosystem developed in 2015, with the aim to drive Malaysia's AI ecosystem.

MDEC chief executive officer Surina Shukri had earlier announced at a separate event that the National AI Framework is now more than 50% ready and will be presented to Gobind's ministry soon.

"MDEC has been working on this for sometime now, but to me, it is important that we get a policy that is recognised by the government,” said Gobind.

“To me, in future, a lot will depend on data; how you analyse and store data, and AI is a critical element of that part. So my ministry is looking into that, formulating a policy that deals with that aspect."

However, he did not specify as to when the policy will be ready.

"I don't want to put a timeline, because we are not rushing into it. As technology develops day by day, it becomes more complex. It's important that we understand data and know how we can use it,” he said.

"It is events like this that brings the stakeholders together and we get input from them as to what their concerns are as well as get suggestions on what the direction should be. We are at the stage of listening to all the stakeholders, after that we will sit down to formulate a policy and once it is ready, I will present it to the Cabinet.”

The Next Big Tech Asia 2019 is a two-day conference at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre that aims to increase public awareness on Big Data Analytics, and features global experts who share their experience in transforming data into valuable insights.
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