Minister Varank: We see it as a springboard


Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank, stating that they see the 4th Industrial Revolution and its components such as artificial intelligence as a springboard, “We want to direct our young people to new sectors that artificial intelligence needs and will reveal with a radical plan.” said.

Varank Ministers, the World Economic Forum (WEF) held by the Global Technology Governance Summit, held “Creating Session of the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy”, the artificial intelligence, told Turkey’s perspective.

Pointing out that artificial intelligence has driven the 4th Industrial Revolution in the last 10 years, Varank said that this has structurally changed the production of services by businesses, the provision by governments and their consumption by individuals.

Expressing that radical changes in technology worry people, Varank said, “However, the experience we have gained since the first industrial revolution has revealed some important information that can guide us in the 4th Industrial Revolution. It is obvious that no one can stand against technology anymore. Nations or organizations that want to survive. it has to adapt to new technologies. ” he spoke.

Pointing out that despite the fear that unemployment will increase, labor-saving technologies increase worker welfare, Varank said that with the development of new technologies, new professions have emerged and it has become possible to earn more by working less.

Stating that every new industrial revolution creates new opportunities, Varank made the following assessment:

“The countries behind the current technology, you can skip levels by investing in new technology. As Turkey, we see the 4th Industrial Revolution and their components, such as its artificial intelligence as a springboard. We first create the necessary institutional capacity in the public sector this perspective. Artificial intelligence, including We established a new General Directorate within our Ministry to support the development of businesses and human resources in critical technologies. We established the Department of Applications. “

“We examined international studies”

Expressing that they examine global trends, artificial intelligence strategies of other countries and the work of international organizations, Varank explained that they benefit from the experiences of Singapore and India with what WEF has done in this field.

Varank, stressing that they receive all interested parties and contributions in Turkey, “Thus, we can identify the challenges and advantages we have. Based on this comprehensive survey, the National Artificial Intelligence our strategy, ‘Human Capital Developing and Enhancing Employment’, ‘Research, and Entrepreneurship Supporting Innovation ‘,’ Improving Access to Quality Data and Technical Infrastructure ‘,’ Making Regulations to Accelerate Social and Economic Compliance with Artificial Intelligence ‘,’ Strengthening International Cooperation ‘,’ Accelerating Structural and Labor Force Transformation in Public and Private Sector ‘around 6 priority areas we designed. ” used the expressions.

Noting that they set concrete goals for each of the strategic priorities, Varank said:

“We aim to reach some of these targets by 2025. With our National Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the share of the artificial intelligence sector in the gross domestic product (GDP) is at least 5 percent, the employment in the sector reaches 50 thousand, the number of graduate graduates in this field increases 10 times The ratio of artificial intelligence R&D expenditures to total R&D expenditures to reach at least 15 percent, to support the commercialization of solutions in this field through public procurement and to publish at least 150 open data sets on the open data portal.

“Our priority is to improve human capital in our Strategy Document”

Referring to the difficulties encountered in preparing the strategy, Varank said that one of them is the need to use a common language in the Strategy Paper.

Noting that many institutions and organizations positioned artificial intelligence beyond the 4th Industrial Revolution, Varank said:

“We have made it clear that artificial intelligence applications are the desired end products of digital transformation and cannot be separated from it. Due to the fact that the manufacturing sector lags behind other sectors such as retail and finance in terms of big data, we have prioritized technology and infrastructure for the creation of big data in the manufacturing industry. demographic composition, another major challenging factor. There’s an advantage to Turkey. our population is young and dynamic. the median age of the country’s population of 32 pm, the young generation of our well trained. as a well-established plan our young people need artificial intelligence, and we want to redirect to the new sector will emerge. This is why we made the development of human capital our top priority in our Strategy Paper. “

Varank stated that accessing quality data is among the difficulties encountered, and stated that they successfully addressed this issue thanks to the coordination of the Digital Transformation Office, especially in public institutions.

Emphasizing that they attach great importance to international cooperation and sharing of experience, Varank said, “Last year, we joined WEF’s 4th Industrial Revolution Centers Network. The center’s approach to produce solutions with global experience and common sense contributes significantly to our industry and our technology ecosystem. we will continue to work together to create applications. ” said.