Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Research and Technology (Menristek) Bambang P. S. Brodjonegoro assigned the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) the task to coordinate the creation of Indonesia's national artificial intelligence strategy.

"I have urged the BPPT to lead (coordinate the making) of a national artificial intelligence strategy, as we do not have a national artificial intelligence strategy, and we will complete it soon this year," Brodjonegoro stated at the 2020 Work Meeting "Strengthening Competitiveness through Innovation, Digital Transformation and HR Quality" at the BPPT Building, Jakarta, Monday.

Brodjonegoro highlighted the importance of artificial intelligence, especially for public services.

"We must be able to convince the public that technology, such as artificial intelligence, will offer direct benefits to the community in the form of services whether in the fields of health, education, and others," he explained.

Brodjonegoro remarked that to support the development of artificial intelligence, big data should be developed through data science and data analysis.

Furthermore, artificial intelligence and the Internet of things must be utilized for the development of the industrial world.

The minister emphasized the need to boost competitiveness of Indonesia's industry in future, so that it is not only an assembler but also emerges as a designer or creator.

"To be able to become designers and creators, we must master what is called the fourth industrial revolution for the manufacturing sector," he explained.

Head of BPPT Hammam Riza noted that the national team to create a strategy of national artificial intelligence comprised the triple helix of academic, business and government and community.

"We will prioritize five areas. One of the most interesting is in the field of health care (intelligence)," he pointed out.

Riza pointed to artificial intelligence strategies being primarily focused on the five areas of health, disaster, electronic government, food, and the defense industry.

The BPPT and all parties involved in the national team will discuss in detail the national artificial intelligence strategy including pertaining to the five areas to become the focus that will be approved by the national team. The discussion meeting will be held in the near future in March 2020.

The BPPT had earlier inked an agreement with the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) to develop artificial intelligence-based weather modification technology (WMT).

"We will cooperate with the BMKG in researching the assessment and application of artificial intelligence-based SMART WMT," BPPT Chief Hammam Riza stated during the inking of the agreement at the BPPT building in Jakarta Friday.

The BMKG will provide BPPT with information pertaining to weather forecast that will indicate hotspots and their impacts.

"The BMKG will conduct weather forecasts to analyze its impact on hotspots, land and forest fires, and drought and failed harvests," he stated.

The detailed data will be synchronized with big data of weather usually used by the BMKG to provide weather information services, he remarked.

The big data will contain complete data to forecast the location and time that the hotspots occur and their intensity, he added. Related news: BPPT. BMKG to develop artificial intelligence-based WMT

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