Hungary’s Growth Curve to be Defined by Newly Revealed AI Strategy Thru’ 2030


The measurement package to set data economy in motion and to focus on widespread social awareness announced by Minister of Innovation and AI Coalition President in Debrecen – Video and photo gallery

Debrecen, 8 September 2020 – As a result of the cooperation between the Ministry of Innovation and Technology and the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Coalition, which gathers more than 250 organizations and is run by the Digital Success Program, Hungary’s AI Strategy has been prepared thanks to which gross domestic product and SME efficiency are set to soar by 15% and 26%, respectively, within the next ten years. Additional objectives are to offer society large-scale educational and awareness raising programs with the aim to adjust to AI transformation, help a for-profit approach take root in research processes, support responsible management of the national data capital, and find effective responses to challenges posed by automation.

“After one and a half years of work by stakeholders representing industry, academia and the administration, the Government has adopted Hungary’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy thanks to which we can emerge as winners from the technology disruptions that alter all segments of our lives. Meanwhile we are committed to use and develop artificial intelligence together in a responsible fashion as a global partner for the sake of our everyday lives,” said Minister of Innovation and Technology Dr. László Palkovics in Debrecen.

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Primary objectives include that at least 1 million Hungarian citizens should find higher value-added jobs within the next ten years, and the gross domestic product and the SMEs’ efficiency should soar by 15% and 26%, respectively. To achieve that, the data economy needs to be set in motion for which the National Data Capital Agency (NAVÜ) - Neumann Nonprofit Kft.  will set up the institutional framework and coordinate the strategic management of data capital.

Photo: Zoltán Iró, Ministry of Innovation and Technology

“In parallel we are setting up data marketplaces on our new AI web page, so that stakeholders of the economy can use anonymized, not person-related public records for their own purposes and they can trade data among one another. This way secondary data use can become as a matter based on an informed decision in both the private and the public sector,” added Dr. László Palkovics.


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To lay the groundwork for a data-driven governance, a data analysis competence center will be established in the cooperation of the University of Debrecen and NAVÜ that is commissioned to analyze public records, highlighted Member of Parliament Lajos Kósa. He added that for the sake of supporting R&D, another priority area, as well as the widespread adoption of use-cases the national High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure and ecosystem will continue to be upgraded which is essential for high level innovation activities. Accordingly, an HPC facility of 5 PetaFlops should be up and running in Debrecen by 2022.

Photo: Zoltán Iró, Ministry of Innovation and Technology

As part of education and competence development, the AI Academy will be launched that gathers tech-related learning opportunities and serves as a knowledge hub. “Our flagship initiative is the AI Challenge under which we aim at making familiar up to one million Hungarians with AI and getting at least one hundred thousand people to complete a basic course on the topic. Apart from that, we will launch a number of courses at the secondary and higher education level. Offering relevant adult training programs are also on the agenda that are all meant to help reskill the workforce,” highlighted AI Coalition President Roland Jakab. Therefore, the matter of AI-driven personalized learning paths is set to play a crucial role among the long-term development plans of the Strategy, the so-called transformative programs.

Other transformative programs that gear up the economy and society for the tech disruption include autonomous driving, customer service automation, climate-driven agriculture, energy systems based on renewables, personal assistants in health care and the data wallet that is to take the right of citizens for self-management over their own records to a whole new level. From the industrial perspective manufacturing, health care, agriculture and transportation/logistics may be the segments where Hungary has the best shot to have an edge in the global AI race.

Photo: Zoltán Iró, Ministry of Innovation and Technology

Further boosting of research and development is expected from the AI National Lab headed by the Institute for Science and Control (SZTAKI) that is meant to mainly facilitate applied research activities. Use-cases will be incentivized by the AI Innovation Center to be established within Digitális Jólét Nonprofit Kft.

The event was accompanied by an exhibit featuring top local AI use-cases.




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