Podcast: More countries are adopting national AI strategies.
Every week, we take a podcast focused on an emerging AI topic and summarize it to save you time and keep you up-to-date. Today's comes from Keith Strier, NVIDIA’s vice president of worldwide AI initiatives, who talks about AI Nations. It's an initiative that works with countries, their governments, and other stakeholders to plan out their future and make use of AI to support their national goals and economic growth.
Strier spoke with AI Podcast host Noah Kravitz in this interview, which we've edited for clarity.
Kravitz: What, exactly, does 'national AI strategy' mean?
Strier: First, it's a communications tool. It sends a message to citizens, business leaders, and to the world that 'we understand the importance of AI to the future of our country, and we have a plan.' It's more than policy-writing exercise; much of the benefits come from the collaborations behind it. The process usually begins with a set of basic questions. How can we as a country leverage AI to advance national priorities? How do they support our dominant industries, and how can it sustain our values? Economic growth tends to be the No. 1 priority, although some countries put a greater emphasis on national security or healthcare. More recently, countries like Norway, Denmark, and others have said that promoting responsible AI is the defining characteristic of their strategies. Three years ago, there wasn't a country on Earth that had these plans. It started with Canada. Now there are more than 50 countries that have taken this step. Some of the early countries - the United Arab Emirates, for example - have continued to develop their thinking and even published an updated strategy...