Singapore's artificial intelligence strategy: Applying AI to help - not replace - people

Singapore's national artificial intelligence strategy has kicked off with five projects in various sectors. Will the new technology make workers irrelevant? The Straits Times examines the issues.

The national artificial intelligence strategy, which was unveiled in November, will focus on five key sectors - transport and logistics, smart cities and estates, safety and security, healthcare, and education.
A mock screening session with artificial intelligence system Selena+. The system will be deployed across Singapore by 2022 to help detect eye conditions. ST FILE PHOTO
A mock screening session with artificial intelligence system Selena+. The system will be deployed across Singapore by 2022 to help detect eye conditions.ST FILE PHOTO

Human teachers and healthcare workers will still play an important role even though Singapore has embarked on an aggressive plan to use artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in both the education and healthcare sectors.

For one thing, there are no plans to use automated marking systems in exams including the Primary School Leaving Examination, the Ministry of Education (MOE) told The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 02, 2019, with the headline 'Applying AI to help - not replace - people'. Print Edition | Subscribe