Developing Local Talent Key for Singapore in AI Race (Source: Straits Times, 29 March 2019)

“Immediate need for locals to plug AI talent gap in S’pore,” said retired Israeli major-general Isaac Ben-Israel.

In this article, Prof Ben-Israel commented that Singapore has the advantage of being small and nimble, with a leadership that can move things “very quickly”. He added that while we can temporarily fill the talent gap by using foreigners, we must develop our own people to meet national demands over the long term. And that development is already underway – he referenced 2 of AI Singapore’s programmes to equip and enable AI knowledge and talent i.e. AI for Industry and AI for Everyone.

Prof Ben-Israel also visited AI Singapore and mingled with some of our Batch 2 apprentices during the tour.