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U.S., Taiwan partners in inclusive digital future: AIT head

2018/06/25 16:59:34

Kin Moy (second left) and Audrey Tang (唐鳳, third left)

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) The United States and Taiwan could be partners in shaping an inclusive digital future for all, the de facto U.S. ambassador to Taiwan said Monday in Taipei at the opening of a symposium on artificial intelligence (AI).

American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Kin Moy said the U.S. and Taiwan have been close partners on technological cooperation.

"Since late 2015 we have been working tirelessly to bring our economic relationship into the digital age through the digital economy forum and its implementing activities," he said during the opening address of the one-day symposium on social innovation and digital transformation.

Most previous efforts have focused on the business and startup side of cooperation, he said, adding that recently, both sides have expanded their collaboration into the field of new digital technologies -- in particular AI -- and how they will transform societies.

"Some experts argue that AI and emerging digital technologies have the potential to be more disruptive than even the industrial revolution, fundamentally altering more than 90 percent of all work. Some fear mass joblessness and social upheaval," he said.

However, the new technology also offers a chance for both sides to engage in further exchanges, he went on.

"We want the U.S. and Taiwan to not only be business partners in the digital age, but also partners in shaping an inclusive digital future that works for all," he said.

Speaking at the forum on behalf of the Taiwan government, Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (唐鳳) took a more optimistic view of AI, saying that it could be used as an innovative approach by the government to enhance dialogue between different parties in finding a mutually acceptable solution.

Tang, who is also known as a digital minister, added that the government is pushing a five-year plan as part of the Cabinet's goal of developing "smart" technology and using Taiwan's prominent information technology and semiconductor industries to develop AI technologies and facilitate industrial transformation.

(By Joseph Yeh)
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