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Artificial intelligence spread in the areas of education and society

The National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence anticipates that this technology will begin to be taught in schools at an earlier age, expand in public administration and become widespread in small and medium-sized enterprises.

In the short and medium term, it is intended to “fully explore the potential of Artificial Intelligence in economics and society,” according to an outline of the strategy, which begins to be discussed publicly on Tuesday in a meeting with researchers at the Laboratory Iberian Nanotechnology in Braga.

In schools, the emphasis will be on teaching basic automatic learning to younger students in “science clubs“, offering schools institutions challenges in areas such as the environment or biodiversity.

The nuclei of students trained in this area will be taken later to collaborate with each other, producing videos and other multimedia content focused on subjects such as biology or History of the various regions, which are then placed in a network that allows access to all.

Schools will also participate in programming code championships, overcoming challenges with the knowledge that students have acquired.

In higher education, the strategy foresees the establishment of local networks for digital skills, involving universities, polytechnics (where short courses are already held) and companies, so that workers gain new qualifications and adapt to changes in work introduced by artificial intelligence.

In more general terms, the Portuguese strategy is understood as artificial intelligence as a field to foster “social robustness“, assuming the impacts of artificial intelligence “on democracy, privacy, security, justice, labour market, transparency and equity.

Other axes are job creation, with the exception of “inclusion of all affected workers” by artificial intelligence and the “transformation of public services” with the incorporation of projects that use artificial intelligence to improve them, such as those already underway within the framework of the “INCODE 2030” program.

In the short and medium term, Portugal aims to be in the European network of centres of excellence in artificial intelligence, agreed with industry and working together to solve Europe’s problems in this area.

The strategy points to Portugal’s potential to develop artificial intelligence applied to areas such as sustainable energy networks, cities, forests and oceans, mobility, autonomous driving or health.

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