AI for the Public Good, for Singapore and the World
As a Smart Nation, our commitment extends beyond merely embracing technology; we aspire to be at the forefront, setting the pace, and driving global innovation and conversations in tech, including AI.
In 2019, we unveiled our first National AI Strategy, outlining plans to deepen the use of AI to transform our economy. Our early investment in AI led to the establishment of about 150 teams working on research and development, and 900 startups exploring new ideas with AI. Since then, we’ve witnessed significant breakthroughs in AI, resulting in the development of new products, enhanced capabilities, and transformative interactions.
In 2023, we launched the Singapore National AI Strategy 2.0 (NAIS 2.0) in our ongoing pursuit of setting the pace.
Singapore National AI Strategy 2.0 (NAIS 2.0)
To propel ourselves further as leaders in the field AI, three key shifts from our initial National AI Strategy are imperative for NAIS 2.0:
The expanded landscape of opportunities and risks brought forth by AI today make clear that AI is indispensable for the continued prosperity and relevance as a nation. We must master AI, rather than think of it merely as an accessory or a luxury.
Singapore must operate, from the outset, with a global outlook for AI. We must connect to global networks, working with the best and pooling resources among the like-minded to overcome the complex challenges that plague AI today.
We must further enhance our capability, infrastructure and resource foundations, and accelerate ideas exchange at scale, to amplify and manage the impact of AI across various sectors, and in economy and society at large.
Goals of NAIS 2.0
Guided by the vision “AI for the Public Good, for Singapore and the World”, NAIS 2.0 focuses on two twin goals:
Singapore will selectively develop peaks of excellence in AI, to advance the field and maximise value creation. We intend to direct AI towards addressing the needs and challenges of our time, such as in areas of global importance like population health and climate change.
Singapore will raise up individuals, businesses, and communities to use AI with confidence, discernment, and trust. We intend for AI to be the great equaliser, which equips our people and businesses with the capabilities and resources to thrive in an AI-enabled future.
Working through 10 Enablers to achieve our vision and goals
To achieve our vision and goals, we will direct efforts under NAIS 2.0 toward 3 Systems working through 10 Enablers. Click on the image below to learn more about the 15 Actions that Singapore will undertake across these systems and enablers, to support our ambitions over the next 3-5 years. We will continually review these Actions to respond to fast-moving developments in AI, across domains.
Applications of AI
Wondering how we’ve harnessed AI for the well-being of our citizens and businesses? Check out these examples showcasing we’ve applied AI in Singapore.
Can technology help spot early signs of dementia? GovTech is piloting Project Pensieve, a screening tool that can detect signs of dementia by analysing a user’s drawings.
Singapore Eye Lesion Analyser (SELENA+) is a deep-learning AI software system that can detect potential threatening eye conditions accurately and efficiently.
The Chatbot guides residents to provide the relevant information, in real-time conversational manner, to ensure that feedback is comprehensively logged.
Our National AI Strategy’s success depends on Singaporeans, businesses, researchers, the Government, and our friends from around the world working together. Click the link to see how you can contribute and be part of our AI journey.