"Artificial intelligence has been in development for at least two decades and has become part of our daily lives," Makarim stated during a virtual symposium held on Thursday.
"The development of science and the global situation will accelerate the application of AI in various fields and will have a massive impact on the world of work in future. This will be unavoidable, and we cannot stop it," he affirmed.
"Hence, this leaves us with no choice but to prepare ourselves to handle AI through character intelligence," he noted.
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Moreover, the minister remarked that AI will aid in addressing several problems in future, including those faced by education institutions, such as universities.
"AI will help the university accelerate the quality of its institution and education, which aligns with the purpose of Freedom Study - Freedom Campus," he expounded.
"Administrative duty that usually becomes a burden for lecturers during the accreditation application can now be facilitated through the application of technology. Education will also become more personal since students can develop themselves in accordance with their interests and skills," he affirmed.
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In order to tackle challenges in future, Makarim called on students to not only develop their general intelligence but to also develop their character.
"The ability to work in a group, a sense of global unity, creativity, independence, and resilience are all important. These are the traits that we need to imbibe in order to survive amid fast-changing times," he stressed.
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Makarim also expressed optimism that Indonesia's students would utilize technology prudently, so that they can face the future with a plethora of new-fangled solutions and easily apply them.
"With our current technological developments, the challenges in future would not be easy. With the spirit of Freedom Campus, I believe that all of you can be the solution for the people in Indonesia and in the world," Makarim remarked.
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