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Estonian IT minister discusses challenges of artificial intelligence in Israel

BC, Tallinn, 23.11.2018.Print version
Estonian Minister of Entrepreneurship and IT Rene Tammit discussed the responsible use of artificial intelligence at a summit of the D9 format of digitally advanced nations in Israel, reported LETA/BNS.

"It is easier to promote the responsible and ethical use of artificial intelligence in the world if several like-minded countries are jointly involved in it," Tammist was quoted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications as saying. The minister added that the ethical challenges of implementing artificial intelligence must be solved in a wider context than just on the level of one single country.


At the meeting, Tammist highlighted the applications already using artificial intelligence in the Estonian public sector. "The Information System Authority is using the help of artificial intelligence to identify cyber security incidents and the agricultural registers authority PRIA is utilizing the satellite data gathered by the European Space Agency to identify what is happening on the fields," he said.


The summit will next year be hosted by the digital leader of South America, Uruguay, with whom Estonia has established a well-functioning cooperation, Tammist said. "During the meeting, I also offered Estonia's support and knowhow to Uruguay," the minister said.


Jose Clastornik, head of the ICT field of the government of Uruguay, said that they are interested in cooperation with Estonia as from among leading digital countries, the partnership namely with Estonia has been the most fruitful. "Our cooperation in the field of digital connections has been excellent. There will certainly be further deepening of our relations over the next year," Clastornik said.


At the summit of the D9 format of digitally advanced nations on Thursday, the Estonian minister met with delegations from Israel, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, South Korea, Portugal and Mexico.


In addition to attending the summit, the business delegation accompanying Tammist also met with local tech companies and startups in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, including vehicle security application company Nexar, vision-based advanced driver-assistance system developer Mobileye, beekeeping and farming aid BeeHero and Beyond Verbal, a startup that claims to analyze emotions from vocal intonations.


Organized by Enterprise Estonia, the business delegation included Estonian companies Mooncascade, Real Systems, Oshino Electronics Estonia, Ecomatic, the Zell Aronovich law office and the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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