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2022 AI Policy Global Update: South Korea

CalypsoAI’s 2022 AI Policy Global Update is your guide to the growth of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) around the world. What nations are becoming AI leaders? How are they leveraging this exploding technology? And what does it mean as nations around the world race to become the global leader in AI?

This third installment of the AI Policy Global Update focuses on South Korea, which has widely invested in national strategies for research, development, and deployment of AI in both the public and private sectors. These strategies have also included a focus on developing ethics and securing infrastructure, though it maintains a regulatory framework designed to get projects up on their feet as soon as possible. For this reason, testing and validation practices will be critical to AI’s growth in South Korea.

This report includes information on all these issues, with additional information on South Korea’s military applications of AI. As former South Korean President Moon Jae-in said, “The advancement of AI will lead humanity into a world never experienced before.”

Excerpt:The government of Republic of Korea, known as South Korea, realized artificial intelligence (AI) was the future when Korean “Go” Master Lee Sedol faced off against DeepMind’s AlphaGo—and lost.1 This moonshot moment spurred an initial investment of $863 million (USD) over the next five years into AI research,2 which included the creation of a public-private research center.3 Building upon this momentum with hopes to lead in data, networks, and AI (DNA), South Korea announced plans for its AI Research and Development (R&D) strategy, which focused specifically on investments into AI technology development and talent for the public sector.

Read our previous AI Policy Global Updates on Russia and Israel.

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