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AI Gradually Becoming An Essential National Infrastructure

More governments across the world look to utilise AI this year

AI (Artificial Intelligence) is easily one of the most talked about inventions, tipped to be at the forefront of Web3, that’ll likely end up impacting our lives significantly.

From projects like OpenAI’s DALL-E 2, Google’s MINERVA, DeepMind’s Gato and ChatGPT, these AI platforms are gradually evolving and pushing towards the advancements of new technological boundaries.

Whereas the majority of the world’s governing bodies have been slow to adopt AI, many have now been convinced of its ability to provide individuals with effective and affordable services that’ll make a government more transparent and accessible.

In an article by WIRED, the Estonian government launched a new AI-based virtual assistant called Bürokratt last year. Inspired by Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, Bürokratt provides the people of Estonia with a voice-based method of navigating key services provided by the government such as passport renewal or applying for certain benefits.

Similarly in Finland, a platform known as AuroraAI was launched in 2018 which became part of a broader effort to provide people with a personalised and autonomous service that’ll assist them when navigating through various life stages from marriage, childbirth or elderly care.

This year, however, governments have begun to rely on AI and utilise big data to solve some of the world’s biggest issues. The UK Biobank, for instance, holds the genetic information of more than half a million people and nearly 30,000 researchers from more than 80 countries have accessed this data in creating new drugs and therapeutics.

Despite gradually becoming an “essential national infrastructure,” AI isn’t loved by all just yet, especially for artists who fumed at the use of AI after it won first place at the Colorado State Fair art competition. Also, a concept artist was recently banned from a subreddit for submitting what seemed like an AI-generated artwork.

As the world shifts into the Web3 phase, AI isn’t left behind. And while there are currently mixed reactions on how AI will impact our lives, some governments around the globe have embraced the platform and are prepared to utilize it as best as they can.

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Isa Muhammad is a writer and video game journalist covering many aspects of entertainment media including the film industry. He's steadily writing his way to the sharp end of journalism and enjoys staying informed. If he's not reading, playing video games or catching up on his favourite TV series, then he's probably writing about them.

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