Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank, together with the President of the Presidency's Digital Transformation Office Ali Taha Koç, introduced Turkey's 2025 artificial intelligence vision. Speaking at the event held for the launch of the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy, Minister Varank said, "We will further activate our support with the measures determined in our strategy and we will launch new 'unicorns' in this field."
The Presidential Circular on Turkey's strategy document, which is a roadmap in the field of artificial intelligence, was published in the Official Gazette last week. The document, which is Turkey's first and most comprehensive framework text in this field, was introduced to the public at a ceremony held in Informatics Valley.
AMONG DEVELOPMENT TARGETS
In the introduction of the strategy document prepared by the Presidency of the Presidency Digital Transformation Office and the Ministry of Industry and Technology in line with the 11th Development Plan and the Presidential Annual Program for 2021, Minister of Industry and Technology Varank and President of the Presidency Digital Transformation Office Ali Taha Koç made a speech.
ENTERED BETWEEN COUNTRIES NUMBERED
Minister Varank, stating that with this document, Turkey is among the few countries that publish strategies in the field of artificial intelligence, said, “In 2025, we aim to increase the contribution of artificial intelligence technologies to our national product to 5 percent. We aim for our country to be in the top 20 in international artificial intelligence indices.” said.
MAN POWER AND R&D
Noting that the first condition of achieving these goals is qualified human resources, Varank said, “We aim to reach at least 2025 thousand employment in this field in 50. Another prerequisite for reaching the goals is to spread the R&D and innovation culture and to develop entrepreneurship.” he said.
Emphasizing that the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Turkey has managed to attract the attention of the whole world with the "unicorns" it has recently released, Varank said, "We will further activate our support with the measures determined in our Artificial Intelligence Strategy and we will launch new "unicorns" in this area as well. said.
CALL FOR AI
Reminding that they established an Artificial Intelligence Institute at TÜBİTAK, Varank said, “I would like to talk about a new TEYDEB support program that we will implement within our Artificial Intelligence Institute. With this support, we will ensure that technology companies and universities in our country develop artificial intelligence solutions that the industry needs in the areas we have identified as a priority, namely smart production systems, smart agriculture, smart finance and climate change. We will announce the call for proposals soon.” he said.
DIGITAL HAMING THE WALL
President of the Presidency's Digital Transformation Office, Koç, noted that they are moving towards a new world where everything is digitized, and said, "In today's world where traditional technologies hit a digital wall, we have implemented our 2021-2025 National Artificial Intelligence Strategy with the vision of 'Creating value on a global scale with an agile and sustainable artificial intelligence ecosystem for a prosperous Turkey'. We prepared.” said.
Emphasizing that their first priority is human capital, Koç said, “First of all, we will support the employment of researchers and practitioners. The number of new graduates in the field of artificial intelligence will increase. We will expand thematic programs for pre-higher education youth.” he said.
Emphasizing that the public, NGOs, private sector and universities will work together, Koç emphasized that the implementation process of the Document will be coordinated by the 'Steering Board' chaired by our Vice President. In addition, we will establish an artificial intelligence ecosystem advisory group and action coordination group, and form working groups with broad participation to ensure administrative and technical coordination.” said.
AI VOICE ASSISTANTS
Artificial intelligence and hologram technologies were also used at the introductory meeting. Minister Varank, Head of the Digital Transformation Office Koç and the host of the program, Canan Yener Reçber, were projected onto the screen with hologram technology. After Koç's speech, the presenter in the hologram invited Varank to the podium. Head of the Digital Transformation Office, Koç, introduced the artificial intelligence voice assistants Bilge and Bilgin. The artificial intelligence product twins extracted the digital twins of Varank and Koç and reflected them on the screen.
DOMESTIC AND NATIONAL DIGITAL TWINS
Minister Varank's digital twin asked Bilge and Bilgin, "Can we call you domestic and national digital twins?" posed the question. Stating that they are domestic and national, Bilgin, one of the digital twins, said, "We will contribute to the realization of more domestic and national products with artificial intelligence technology." gave the answer.
Kocaeli Governor Seddar Yavuz, Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacır, TÜBİTAK President Hasan Mandal, rectors and scientists attended the introductory meeting held in Informatics Valley, Turkey's technology and innovation hub.