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Feb 19, 2020

Hungary's Artificial Intelligence Strategy is ready

László Palkovics said Artificial Intelligence raises a number of moral and social questions, one of which is to what extent will it overwhelm natural intelligence.

Hungary’s innovation and technology minister has revealed that the country has prepared its Artificial Intelligence Strategy which addresses technical and human-sciences issues emerging from the evolution of AI.

The Artificial Intelligence Strategy has been prepared by more than 200 institutions and companies. It covers changes to data laws, the creation of a national laboratory, incentives for companies, research and development, training, infrastructure development and automatized administration in areas such as healthcare, as well as ethical and legal issues to be addressed.

Speaking at Pannon University in Veszprém, László Palkovics said Artificial Intelligence raises a number of moral and social questions, one of which is to what extent will it overwhelm natural intelligence.

According to MTI, 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. “AI allows people to spend time on things with which they can create more added-value,” he said.

The minister said AI can be used in many areas from facial recognition, health checks, polygraph tests, X-rays, noise indication of agricultural machine defects and self-driving vehicles to composing music and writing poems.

Talking about AI’s use in transport, Palkovics said it would help to eliminate human error and spare time and fuel. AI will also become widely used in some professions and in state services. “By 2030, Artificial Intelligence is expected to have contributed 14 percent, or about HUF 7,000 billion (EUR 20.9bn), to [the country’s] GDP,” the minister said.