In October 2017, the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment published a national AI strategy entitled Finland’s Age of Artificial Intelligence (Finland, 2017). This report fits under the umbrella of a broader Artificial Intelligence Programme in Finland (also labelled as AI Finland) with a view to establishing artificial intelligence and robotics as the cornerstones of success for Finnish companies.
The strategy highlights Finland’s possibilities in the global market along with its strengths and weaknesses in AI. It describes how artificial intelligence will transform society and provides a range of policy actions and recommendations for Finland to thrive in the age of artificial intelligence.
The goal is to position Finland as a leading country in artificial intelligence. Finland will adopt an open data policy and will create adequate conditions for a prosperous development of AI. Overall, it will strive to:
- Increase the competitiveness of business and industry;
- Provide high-quality public services and improve the efficiency of the public sector;
- Ensure a well-functioning society and wellbeing for its citizens.
Within the scope of the Artificial Intelligence programme of Finland, two other reports have been published on Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Finland, 2018) and on Leading the way into the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Finland, 2019). The Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment published the second and third report in September 2018 and June 2019. The list of policy recommendations outlined below aims to incorporate the reflections presented in these three reports.
On pages 80-82 of the third report, the Finnish government provides investment figures for several flagship policies. For instance, the AI Business Programme has been allocated €100 million over a four-year period. The Finnish Centre for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) was granted € 8.3 million in flagship funding for 2019–2022.
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