Leading the way into the age of artificial intelligence | FINLAND 2019

THE GOVERNMENT OF FINLAND wants AI to be ‘human-centric’ and ‘trust-generating.’ The aspiration comes in a sweeping government paper on national readiness.

AI understanding should reach all aspects of Finnish society, says the government, and it should not become segregated within organizations. Instead, AI awareness needs to be part of operations overall.

The authors believe ‘life-long learning’ is now a necessity. Every Finn should have have access to adult education programs. The findings raise the possibility of a ‘learning account’ or voucher system as a way of stimulating adult education programs.

Calling this an ‘AI spring,’ the report says AI is more than a technology. It presents new methods, new applications, and new approaches for research.

Finland names 11 areas for action:

  1. Enhance business competitiveness through the use of AI
  2. Effectively utilize data in all sectors
  3. Ensure AI can be adopted more quickly and easily
  4. Ensure top-level expertise and attract top experts
  5. Make bold decisions and investments
  6. Build the world’s best public services
  7. Establish new models for collaboration
  8. Make Finland a forerunner in the age of artificial intelligence
  9. Prepare for artificial intelligence to change the nature of work
  10. Steer AI development into a trust-based, human-centred direction
  11. Prepare for security challenges

The report itemizes what’s been learned so far, recommendations, and the rationale.

‘In 2025, in Finland of the age of artificial intelligence, citizens trust AI-based systems and believe that artificial intelligence will enhance security. The age of artificial intelligence has not eroded people’s trust in society or to each other and Finland remains a trust-based society.’


Finland is defining AI as ‘devices, software and systems that are able to learn and make decisions in almost the same way as humans,‘ and that have the ability to function ‘in a sensible way according to the task and situation at hand.’

Leading the way into the age of artificial intelligence
Government of Finland | June 12, 2019 | Ministry Economic Affairs and Employment

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