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Zaisan Monument, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia photo by — @adliwahid

AI Strategy in Mongolia

Artificial Intelligence in the Land of the True Digital Nomads

I thought it would be interesting to attempt understanding the AI strategy of Mongolia. Although there are few official documents I thought I would navigate to see what is happening in the country.

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The Digital Strategy in Mongolia

Seemingly one of the only available digital strategies for Mongolia was launched together with an external organisation called The Pathways for Prosperity Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development (Pathways) — launched in January 2018. It was hosted and managed by Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government and collaborates with international development partners, developing country governments, private sector leaders, emerging entrepreneurs and civil society.

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Mongolia in a Digital Age

The report was called Mongolia in a Digital Age. Mainly it covers infrastructure, labour, financing and equality. In the introduction artificial intelligence is mentioned:

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Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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Mongolia Gets an Investment into Artificial Intelligence

One company is building a new artificial intelligence (AI) development center in Ulaanbaatar. The company, Data Artist, is a subsidiary of Dentsu, a major Japanese advertisement agency.

LawTech Chatbot KhanLex

Another initiative I stumbled across was a Mongolian chatbot from a local Mongolian firm MDS KhanLex has unveiled its online contract automation and artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot platform — iGeree — which will initially focus on employment law. This is apparently a ‘robot lawyer’ to solve civil disputes.

  • An AI / natural-language trained chatbot which provides instant legal advice within its trained scope.
  • The contract automation platform is subscription based, while the chatbot component is accessible free of charge.
  • Employment law currently constitutes 13.6% of civil disputes in Mongolia.
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Picture from MDS KhanLex press release

Strengthening AI Education

I spotted that recently the person responsible for the oldest university in Mongolia had talked of AI. The National University of Mongolia is the oldest university in Mongolia, established in 1942 and originally named in honour of Marshal Khorloogiin Choibalsan. It hosts twelve schools and faculties in Ulaanbaatar, and runs branches in the Zavkhan and Orkhon Aimags. Dr Ya. Tumurbaatar, president of the National University of Mongolia tells in an interview from late 2019 that:

Any National Strategy on Artificial Intelligence?

There does not seem to be any current initiative to develop a national strategy on artificial intelligence. However it would make sense for such a strategy perhaps to consider the environment protection in combination with AI since this is an international strength that as an example The National University of Mongolia has. Collaboration with Japan would perhaps be possible as well due to the recent investment by Japan into Mongolia.

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AI Policy and Ethics at www.nora.ai. Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own. twitter.com/AlexMoltzau

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