Artificial intelligence programme

On 18 May 2017, Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä appointed a steering group to prepare a proposal for Finland’s artificial intelligence programme.

The steering group is led by Pekka Ala-Pietilä and it is expected to present concrete proposals for measures that would strengthen welfare in all of Finland by harnessing the potential of the artificial intelligence revolution. The proposal for an artificial intelligence programme will be completed by the end of September 2017.

Artificial intelligence makes everyday life easier

In the coming years, artificial intelligence will bring radical changes to the world, society and people’s everyday life. Finland does not determine the ways in which artificial intelligence will change the world but we can decide how we adapt to and make the most of the change.

Like electricity in the 20th century and steam power in the 19th century, artificial intelligence will facilitate people’s everyday life in the 21st century. Boring, repetitive and routine tasks related to knowledge work will be the first activities to be transferred to artificial intelligence, leaving more time for the human mind to explore other things.

Finland intends to be among the lead countries in making use of the opportunities and in responding to the challenges. Thanks to artificial intelligence, skilled and educated people – the most valuable natural resource of Finland – can use their capacity more efficiently.

The steering group’s mandate will extend to the end of the current government term and can be prolonged if necessary. From now on the group’s tasks will include steering the implementation of the artificial intelligence programme, submitting the required proposals to the government, and reporting on its work to the Minister of Economic Affairs.

The steering groups’ working method is transparent and participatory.

See also:

Press release of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 18 May 2017: Ministeri Lintilä: Finland a leader in the application of artificial intelligence
Q&A about artificial intelligence