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Ireland’s National AI Strategy

Coming Soon Early 2020

Ireland has not yet released their national AI strategy. They did however a few days ago submit a progress report. Their country report was created on the 25th of February 2020. This document has been prepared in the context of AI Watch and the OECD AI Policy Observatory.

AI Watch is the European Commission knowledge service to monitor the development, uptake and impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Europe, launched in December 2018.

The OECD AI Policy Observatory (OECD.AI) is an inclusive hub for public policy on AI. It aims to help countries encourage, nurture and monitor the responsible development of trustworthy AI systems for the benefit of society.

What is the Progress in Ireland?

Ireland is one of the last countries to deliver their national AI strategy, and they have not done so yet.

However they did release the aforementioned progress report.

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) in Ireland is leading on the development of a national AI Strategy.

The Strategy is expected to be finalised in the first quarter of 2020 (and then possibly await government approval).

The National AI Strategy for Ireland, under the working title of “AI — Here for Good”, will provide a high-level direction to the design, development and adoption of AI in Ireland.

It will present an integrated, cross-Government framework giving direction for the steps needed to ensure that Ireland’s use of AI will benefit society.

The progress report does not say much, however it does say that in line with the EU and OECD approaches, it will cover:

  1. Societal opportunities and challenges of AI;
  2. Enterprise development and deployment of AI;
  3. RD&I;
  4. Human capital considerations;
  5. Data;
  6. Digital and connective infrastructure;
  7. public sector use of AI;
  8. Ethics, governance, standards and regulatory framework.

The development of the Strategy has involved significant stakeholder engagement, including with industry, with industry representative bodies, with academic and research communities and with a multi-stakeholder group of experts.

These consultations are continuing across the Government system and an online public consultation has also been conducted.

As part of the strategy development, a Top Team on Standards for AI has been established, led by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).

Therefore we cannot say much, but at least we can say something about the Irish strategy.

This is #500daysofAI and you are reading article 273. I am writing one new article about or related to artificial intelligence every day for 500 days. My current focus for 100 days 200–300 is national and international strategies for artificial intelligence.



AI Policy and Ethics at Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own.

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