How Japan is setting the stage for an all-out push to take on China
Japan has been quietly building its own artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, but this week the country’s government has officially started to roll out its first fully-fledged AI system, a new report suggests.
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (NIIIT) has announced that its new “Superintelligent” AI system will be deployed in 2020 and that it will be able to take in images and videos of real life people in Japan, in addition to the “personal information” of potential customers.
According to the report, the system will operate on its own, without any humans in the loop, but will be integrated with Japanese government facilities and be integrated in the countrys cybersecurity and education systems.
“The technology of this type is already used in other countries like Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States, and will become widely adopted globally,” the report says.
“In addition to helping companies to better understand their customers, Superintelligent AI can also improve human-machine communication, reduce the risk of cyberattacks and improve the efficiency of information processing and analysis.”
The system will reportedly be built on a platform called “NIIit”, which will reportedly serve as an off-the-shelf software platform for the superintelligent systems.
According the report:”The NIIit platform is already being used by companies including the United Kingdom, India, and South Korea, but NIIIT hopes that by 2020, the superintelligence platform will become a standard feature of all Japanese companies and businesses, enabling them to take full advantage of the benefits of AI.”
The new AI system has been designed to be able “to operate at any speed” in Japan as well as other countries, including Australia and South Africa, according to the NIIAT report.
“A new technology can be deployed on a commercial scale, as long as it has the potential to enhance the capabilities of the technology and is proven,” the NILT said in a statement.
“This means that in addition, we should not lose sight of the need to ensure the safety of the users.”
According to Reuters, Japan is expected to deploy the new system within five years.
While China is reportedly developing its own AI, it has been widely criticized for its lack of transparency and the fact that it has not yet built the systems needed to take advantage of them.
According Reuters, the country will be testing out its new AI capabilities through a series of trials and feedbacks to ensure that they are as secure as possible.
“We are going to make sure that the safety and security of our users is not compromised, and we want to make use of the potential of AI,” NIIET Chief Scientist Hiroaki Kawaguchi told Reuters.
“But we will also make sure to keep in mind the security concerns of our citizens,” he added.