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Legislation will bolster National Center for AI Research

By Nimfa Estrellado Rep. Keith Micah "Atty. Mike" Tan (Photo from Congress) LUCENA CITY - As the world becomes increasingly in...

By Nimfa Estrellado

Legislation will bolster National Center for AI Research
Rep. Keith Micah "Atty. Mike" Tan (Photo from Congress)

LUCENA CITY - As the world becomes increasingly interconnected through artificial intelligence and automation, Rep. Keith Micah "Atty. Mike" Tan of the 4th District of Quezon Province recognizes the urgent need for proactive legislation to address the potential challenges and opportunities that arise from these advancements.

This translates to the critically needed and recommended creation of a National Center for AI Research (NCAIR) that will serve as the center of AI research in the Philippines and facilitate collaboration among various stakeholders, such as government agencies, academic institutions, and industry experts.

As stated in the report Developing an AI Governance Framework for the Philippines: A Report of Preliminary Stakeholder Consultations and Review of Literature, the establishment of a NCAIR will enable the country to harness the full potential of artificial intelligence.

The NCAIR will play a crucial role in promoting innovation, developing ethical guidelines, and ensuring the responsible and inclusive deployment of AI technologies across different sectors of society. It will also serve as a platform for knowledge sharing and capacity building to empower Filipinos with the necessary skills to thrive in the AI-driven future.

"AI is considered part of the continuous development of technology and has the potential to revolutionize industries if used in the right way," said Rep. Tan. "That is why we continue to invest in AI research and development, as well as establish initiatives like this platform. "

Tan recommended in House Bill 7983 that the government establish the NCAIR to foster collaboration between academia, industry, and government in the advancement of AI technology.The NCAIR will serve as a hub for research, innovation, and policy development, ensuring that AI is developed and deployed ethically and responsibly.

He stated that this would be a complementary bill to the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy for the Philippines, which would establish a comprehensive framework for the country's AI development, encompassing areas such as education, infrastructure, and regulation.

The NCAIR would also be responsible for research and development and would pursue algorithmic innovations and shape AI talent and data science leaders to support the growth of the AI industry in the Philippines. The NCAIR would collaborate with international organizations and experts to stay updated on global AI advancements and best practices, fostering a globally competitive AI ecosystem in the country.

Meanwhile, the Philippines has secured a deal for an AI-powered weather forecasting system, according to reports. The government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOA) with the artificial intelligence (AI) meteorology business Atmo Inc. for the development of a high-resolution weather forecasting system based on AI technology.

The Presidential Communications Office (PCO) said in a statement that the MOA was signed by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Maridon Sahagunand Atmo Inc. Founder and CEO Alexander Levy.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. witnessed the event and expressed his support for the partnership, emphasizing the importance of accurate weather forecasting in disaster preparedness and agricultural planning.

“Atmo and the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) partnership on an AI-powered weather forecasting system will help the Philippines build its climate resilience,” President Marcos said.

According to the PCO, the system will be Asia's largest AI-driven weather forecasting program, and it will play a critical role in strengthening the Philippines' resilience to natural catastrophes and assisting the country's agriculture industry. This innovative approach to weather forecasting will undoubtedly contribute to the overall climate resilience of the Philippines, benefiting both its citizens and economy.

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