Immediate need for locals to plug AI talent gap in S'pore, says Israeli expert

Professor Isaac Ben-Israel, a retired Israeli major-general who sits on the board of Singapore's A*Star.
Professor Isaac Ben-Israel, a retired Israeli major-general who sits on the board of Singapore's A*Star.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Challenge is immediate need for talent even as Republic already has schemes under way to train locals, he says

Foreign experts can help Singapore be among the top 10 nations in the global artificial intelligence (AI) race, but the Republic also has to develop local talent to meet its needs, the father of Israel's booming cyber-security industry told The Straits Times.

Retired Israeli major-general Isaac Ben-Israel, who sits on the board of Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research, said the country has the advantage of being small and nimble, with a leadership that can move things "very quickly".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2019, with the headline 'Developing local talent key for S'pore in AI race: Expert'. Print Edition | Subscribe