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ICT experts: we live in the age of artificial intelligence

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the future, city technologies will create a culture based on platforms in which everything is aimed at organization of cooperation of mature companies, start-ups, experts and teachers and creation of mutual projects, said industry and start-up representatives at the 20th anniversary conference of Latvian Association of Information and Communication Technologies.

During this conference, for the first time an initiative to create Latvian Intelligent Transports Systems Association was voiced. This association would work as LAICT branch to help develop different transport technologies and mobility solutions. Solutions like that would help save time, avoid accidents, reduce congestion and take care of the environment in the future. 5G is expected to develop very rapidly in this field, BNN was informed by organizers of the reform.

«Technological innovations in 5G and the age of artificial intelligence will depend on our cooperation abilities and clever use of existing resources. We over at LMT work tirelessly to develop new products. Additionally, together with other companies, state administration representatives and universities we participate in creation of innovation-friendly environment to further strengthen Latvia’s competitiveness to make it a smart country,» said LMT President Juris Binde at the conference.

ICT industry should keep on learning and assisting other sectors in adopting new technologies. As for all of us – we should spend time to learn new skills in this age of artificial intelligence before 2022. Artificial intelligence can help use resources and capabilities more effectively, as well as support creative sectors – music, medicine, art, education, sports – where it is possible to expand people’s proficiency, experts say.

«We have entered the age of artificial intelligence, which will bring enormous new opportunities for development and risks to be left behind if we fail to change and develop new skills. Technology companies have special responsibility: they have to be able to change with the times and assist their clients and partners understand and use different data processing and artificial intelligence advantages,» said Microsoft Baltics manager Renāte Strazdiņa.

«To preserve competitiveness, companies and organizations should be able to use the opportunities provided by artificial intelligence. 81% of CEOs around the world agree that in the next two years AI will likely start working alongside people as their colleague and will provide a considerable amount of support in everyday tasks. Companies and organizations should pay more attention to training their employees, so that they know how to work with AI agents,» stresses Accenture project manager in Latvia Jānis Paksis.

«Development of ICT sector has largely benefited e-signature development, its range of applications and residents’ understanding of its benefits. The more coherent the implementation of common goals, the more centralized digital Latvia will be and the more varied ICT solutions we will see emerge,» said Latvian State Radio and Television Centre board chairman Jānis Bokta.

Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry’s state secretary Rinalds Muciņš says «it is important to find a principle in state administration to ensure all data that is not particularly protected is made open and accessible based on unified and non-discriminatory principles. Wider information accessibility would help improve efficiency of state administration and public trust in decision-making processes. Considering the growing volumes of data, it is important to use this resource as raw materials for new solutions and innovations.»

ICT and start-up representatives were invited to the 20th anniversary conference. Together with state officials, they discussed the past of the industry, when only 9% of Latvian residents had access to the internet, as opposed to today – when ICT is a growing and exporting industry that secures 7% of taxes  for the national economy.

LAICT President Signe Bāliņa invited participants to become the bridge to reduce the digital skill gap between the industry and residents.

According to her, ICT depends a lot on smart specialists. Nevertheless, education is a long-term process. Because of that, youngsters should be motivated to learn exact sciences and get into new professions, such as virtual environment designer, AI system sociologist, robot trainer, data scientists, data detectives and others that are associated with technological components – data analysis, visualization, algorithm creation and testing.

«Smart Latvia is a Latvia in which children, teachers and professionals are prepared to spend their lives learning, improving their skills and teaching others. For this transformation to happen, each person should look inside and decide what the AI age can give them,» she said.

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