Against this background, the Government has identified the need to develop a national approach to AI in Sweden. The purpose of this document is to identify an overall direction for AI-related work in Sweden and lay...
In May 2018, the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation released its AI strategy, National Approach for Artificial Intelligence (Sweden, 2018). It does not outline concrete policy actions and initiatives, but acts as a guiding document with policy announcements and strategic priorities for all AI players in Sweden. In this sense, the strategy document serves as a reference to help the government to outline forthcoming policy initiatives aiming at strengthening Sweden’s welfare and competitiveness by fully exploiting the benefits of AI. To this purpose, the Swedish strategy proposes to focus on the following priority areas:
- Increase education and training in AI skills and competences;
- Strengthen basic and applied research in AI;
- Foster innovation and use of AI and collaborative partnerships;
- Ensure the development of a legal and ethical framework for AI and create adequate digital infrastructure.
Prior to the release of the strategy, Vinnova – Sweden’s innovation agency – published an extensive policy report outlining the opportunities and challenges of AI in Sweden, and Sweden’s capabilities to embrace the full potential of AI (with concrete examples of ongoing AI projects).
This section presents the policy recommendations of Sweden’s AI strategy. Where possible, it aims to incorporate new policy initiatives that have been rolled out since the launch of the strategy in May 2018. Among others, this includes funding for AI-training for professionals, prospecting skills needs for the future, and AI-related innovation projects through Vinnova.
Most of these policy initiatives are organised under the umbrella of an ambitious flagship program for AI in Sweden, called AI Innovation of Sweden and hosted by the Lindholmen Science Park AB. It is organised as a national centre for applied AI research and innovation and takes a holistic approach to foster AI in Sweden by supporting education, research, innovations and collaborations and by providing access to a well-developed technology and data infrastructure. As this AI program targets a wide range of policy areas, many of their policies are scattered across the various sections below.
The Swedish AI strategy does not disclose financial provisions or estimations for its implementation.
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