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TPP's presidential nominee Ko Wen-je departs on visit to U.S.

10/01/2023 02:27 PM
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Taiwan People's Party Chairman Ko Wen-je (center) waves goodbye at people in Terminal 2 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Sunday. CNA photo Oct. 1, 2023
Taiwan People's Party Chairman Ko Wen-je (center) waves goodbye at people in Terminal 2 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Sunday. CNA photo Oct. 1, 2023

Taipei, Oct. 1 (CNA) Taiwan People's Party (TPP) Chairman and 2024 presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) departed Sunday morning for a four-day, technology-oriented visit to the United States.

Speaking to reporters before departing at Taoyuan International Airport, Ko said his itinerary in the U.S. would be focused on educational technology, industrial applications of artificial intelligence, and learning how to connect Taiwan's innovative industries with Silicon Valley more effectively.

The former Taipei mayor said that from a historical perspective, 2023 will be notable for the emergence of ChatGPT, which represents a milestone in how AI is used in human society.

In the coming years, these technologies will start driving "revolutionary changes" across society, he said.

Ko said that to solve Taiwan's longstanding problem of low salaries, it needs to take advantage of the current "AI wave" to help transition its economy into high value-added industries.

According to an itinerary released by the TPP last week, Ko will arrive in San Francisco on the morning of Oct. 1 (Pacific time) and attend a San Francisco-Taipei sister city welcome event and a forum on medical technology investment.

On Oct. 2, Ko will tour an educational technology company, visit a think tank, and meet with Taiwanese students, before visiting an energy company and an electric vehicle company on Oct. 3, the party said.

On the final day of his trip, Ko will travel to Los Angeles for another company visit and attend a launch event for supporters of his campaign in southern California, before departing for Taiwan early on Oct. 5.

Ko previously visited the U.S. for 21 days in April, before being formally announced as the TPP's presidential nominee the following month.

(By Wu Jui-chi and Matthew Mazzetta)

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