The Czech Republic released its National strategy for Artificial Intelligence in May 2019 (Czech Republic, 2019). The aim of the strategy is to improve the country’s economic growth and competitiveness in AI by creating favourable policy conditions to:
- The development of a responsible and trusted AI ecosystem;
- The digital transformation of enterprises, in particular SMEs;
- The economic development of society as a whole, based on equitable opportunities and benefits in AI.
To achieve these objectives, the Czech government presents policy actions across a wide range of key areas, including education, R&D support, financing, industry, social impacts, regulation and international cooperation. The overall coordination of the AI strategy is taken up by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, while the coordination of specific key areas are assigned to their appropriate Ministry.
The strategy is structured in the following way: for each key area, the policy report highlights the responsible Ministry, the policy initiatives that will be developed, the cooperating entities, and the key objectives that are targeted at short-term (until 2021), medium-term (until 2027) and long-term (until 2035). In annex, it provides more information about the entities engaged in AI activities in the country, with figures on the number of employees and researchers, the scientific fields covered and the funding estimations for both the public and private sector.
The funding estimations presented in the annex of the strategy report a total of CZK 9.5 million for research teams in AI in the coming years (including national and international funding programs). Estimations for the private sector are less clear given that figures are based on a survey of 50 companies.
As of August 2019, the Czech national topic in the area of AI is “Artificial Intelligence for citizen's safety and security,” that builds on specific historical experience and track record. To emphasize a common commitment in this regard, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between the Ministry of Industry and Trade and top-level research teams from technical universities. The Czech government wants to pursue the positive narrative of AI technologies as the most suitable tool to ensure the safety of European citizens, which is the very precondition for the true implementation of fundamental rights.
The AI Landscape (2009 - 2018) Dashboard and AI Worldwide Ecosystem in 2009-2018 report provide an overview and analysis of the European AI landscape includingincluding:
- research centres,
- testing facilities,
- data infrastructures,
- start-ups and digital innovation hubs (DIH).
Explore the AI Landscape dashboard for your country to discover:
- who are the key players,
- in which technologies they specialise,
- how they are distributed,
- how they are connected to each other,
- how innovation spreads through the network,
- which technologies are consolidating.
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