MOST strives to obtain NT$5B budget to construct crucial AI infrastructure

Taiwan’s MOST aims to acquire multi-year NT$5 billion budget to construct AI servers

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/04/27
By: Judy Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—To support Taiwan’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) industry

Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (left), Minister without portfolio Audrey Tang (center) and head of Taiwan AI Lab Ethan Tu (right). (By Taiwan News)

development, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) seeks to obtain a multi-year NT$5 billion (US$165.91 million) budget from the government to build crucial AI infrastructures, said Minister Chen Liang-gee (陳良基), at the launch of Taiwan AI Lab (台灣人工智慧實驗室) on Thursday.

“The 4-year AI server NT$5 billion budget proposal is being submitted for review under the Tsai Administration’s Forward-looking Infrastructure Program budget, and an additional annual budget of NT$1 billion will be set aside to help universities to train AI talents to meet market demands,” said Chen.

MOST aims to create an environment to facilitate the nation’s AI development through these efforts, while the role of The Taiwan AI Lab headed by PTT founder Ethan Tu (杜奕瑾) will serve as an open AI platform to allow the public to aggregate data for research projects, innovate, and create new user experiences.

“It is hoped that through open sourcing and open data, we can lower the entry level for AI,” stated Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (唐鳳).

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