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Artificial intelligence represents opportunities for society and government

Digital transformation

Secretary shows that there are already services that use this technological solution for the benefit of the citizen

The Ministry of Economy was the meeting point on Tuesday (21/5) for the discussion on the impact of artificial intelligence on society. Government, academia and private sector experts have pointed out that artificial intelligence is already a reality and needs to be increasingly thought out and discussed to establish its ethical boundaries and take advantage of the benefits and opportunities it brings.

The Secretary for Digital Government of the Ministry of Economy, Luis Felipe Monteiro, spoke about the importance of the government fomenting the digital economy, strongly based on data, so that the use of intelligence generates more and more opportunities, with new business models, in a world in which all devices will be connected, producing and consuming data and generating wealth.

Monteiro showed some examples of public services that already use artificial intelligence for the benefit of citizens. This is the case of the digital driver's license, which uses facial and biometric recognition; and the National Employment System (Sine), which crosses data of unemployed persons and available positions, reducing the time of demand.

Impacts

Gartner's research and consulting firm Claudio Chauke Nehme said that new jobs using artificial intelligence can outpace the number of jobs that are no longer there because of it. For him, it is a question of "adaptive governance", which must be promoted through the strategies of digital transformation of governments.

Miriam Wimmer, Secretary for Telecommunications at the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications said that in addition to examples of artificial intelligence - chatbots, facial recognition and autonomous vehicles - the impact in different areas tends to to increase. "We have examples of technologies that, from a person's retina, can identify the chances of developing diabetes," he said.

For Microsoft's global president, Brad Smith, the next decade will be for artificial intelligence. This is because there is finally computational power, a large amount of data in digital formats and learning techniques that can be used to develop the technology. He warned that development must follow ethical principles such as security, accessibility and transparency.