Roundtable on the National AI Strategy

    Minister for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy TD, today held a roundtable discussion about the forthcoming National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy. The virtual event, held by video conference, brought together key stakeholders from business representative groups, government agencies and academia.

    Following extensive consultation with stakeholders and the wider public during the development of the Strategy, this roundtable offered key stakeholders an opportunity to offer their views as the Strategy moves towards finalisation. It is envisaged that the National AI Strategy, provisionally titled “AI – Here for Good”, will provide a high-level direction to the development, deployment and governance of AI in Ireland. It will take a whole-of government approach to AI, aiming to realise the full potential that AI offers for societal and economic benefit.

    Commenting on the forthcoming Strategy, Minister Troy stated:

    “AI IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGIES CURRENTLY TRANSFORMING OUR ECONOMY AND SOCIETY. AI IS NO LONGER JUST A FUTURISTIC VISION, BUT SOMETHING THAT IS HERE TODAY, CHANGING THE WAY WE WORK AND LIVE, AND OPENING UP NEW WAYS TO ADDRESS PROBLEMS IN ALMOST EVERY FIELD.”

    An important focus of the discussion was how Ireland can ensure a responsible, rights-respecting and inclusive approach to developing, applying and adopting AI. The potential benefits that AI can deliver for businesses and for the public service were also discussed.

    Ireland has many strengths which position us to build a leadership position in AI. We have an agile and innovative enterprise base, a strong research and innovation ecosystem and a responsive skills architecture. Indeed, many of the businesses and organisations at the roundtable are already using AI to innovate for Ireland’s future. In developing our National AI Strategy, the aim is to maximise the potential of AI for the public good. With the right Strategy in place to steer the direction and manage the impacts, AI can help us to increase productivity and address important societal challenges.”