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László Palkovics: Hungary wants to pursue opportunities provided by artificial intelligence

László Palkovics, Minister of Innovation and Technology, presented Hungary’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy in Debrecen.

At the event held at the University of Debrecen, Minister Palkovics reported that the strategy, developed by more than 250 member organizations of the Artificial Intelligence Coalition (MIK) and more than 1,000 experts, defines the basics of the strategy, its technological focus areas and various projects. Based on the strategy, Hungarian society and its economy needs to get ready for the fact that this technology is coming and is, in fact, already here, he added.

In a joint presentation with Jakab Roland, President of MIK, Palkovics presented the most important elements of the strategy, highlighting Hungary’s participation in the development of automatic, self-driving vehicles. Hungary has already built a test track, set up a research center and launched educational and research programs in the field. 

The minister said that artificial intelligence could add 11-14 percent to the GDP of Hungary by 2030. He also pointed out that the National Data Asset Agency, which fits into the government structure, will be set up in Budapest, and data analysis will be carried out in Debrecen, for which another supercomputer will be installed at the University of Debrecen.

Research and development will be key, and a National Laboratory for AI has already been established as well in order to get involved in as many world-famous research projects as possible in the future.

Hungary is committed to the implementation of the strategy, Palkovics said. Hungary joined the Finnish initiative and set the goal that 10 percent of the country’s population, about one million people, should have some level of knowledge about artificial intelligence, while one percent of the population should receive training to acquire knowledge of AI. 

Lajos Kósa (Fidesz), the Member of Parliament for the region, further emphasized that the government decided that the Hungarian artificial intelligence center would be in two cities: Budapest and Debrecen. 

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