Innovation & Technology

The future will be tech-driven

László Palkovics spoke about Hungary’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy and the drone competence center planned for Zalaegerszeg at the Infotér conference in Balatonfüred.

Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics emphasized that the digitization of both citizens and companies has accelerated in many cases as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. Digital technologies are fundamentally transforming everyday life, businesses and public administrations, he added.

The minister emphasized that thanks to government measures and the programs of the economic protection action plan, Hungarian employment is not far behind the record hit in August 2019. While 4.532 million were working then, 4.514 million people are working today in Hungary.

More than HUF 5.9 trillion is available for the recovery of the Hungarian economy, of which more than HUF 2.8 trillion has already been allocated, the destination of another HUF 1.6 trillion has been decided upon, and HUF 1.4 trillion is still available, he added.

Palkovics also mentioned the Artificial Intelligence Strategy, which he believes is one of the most successful professional and social collaborations of the government. The strategy was needed because the extent of the opportunities offered by artificial intelligence and the dynamics of its spread demanded that Hungary set development priorities.

The necessary institutional framework was developed as well, including the establishment of the National Data Asset Agency as the data controller, the National Artificial Intelligence Laboratory headed by MTA SZTAKI, and the Artificial Intelligence Innovation Center focusing on market development.

The minister announced that a drone competence center is also planned for the ZalaZONE automotive test track in Zalaegerszeg. The DRONEMOTIVE Competence Center will serve as an ecosystem to implement research and development, certification, testing, UAS services and consulting, as well as host a broad training portfolio for civil and state unmanned aerial vehicles and connectivity systems.

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