Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs had advised against rushing the process of formulating regulation for artificial intelligence (AI) in Indonesia, as it must be appropriate and adaptive.

The ministry's assistant deputy for labor productivity improvement, Chairul Saleh, made the statement here on Wednesday in response to Circular Letter No.9/2023 on AI ethics that was ratified on December 19, 2023.

"We think this (appropriate regulation) is what needs to be focused (on and) not just the AI development. We need an agile and adaptive regulation as well," Saleh stated during the Development of Digital Economy, Employment, and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Policies media briefing.

He underscored the importance of appropriate regulation in AI, as the current digital economy sector needs creative and innovative people, but its implementation should be regulated, such as in aspects of data privacy and intellectual property (IP) rights in the use of AI.

"We have to be careful because if we limit everything, then innovation will not grow," he explained.

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To explain the importance of proper AI regulation, he cited the example of royalties for singers. The use of AI to replicate the voice of the late Indonesian singer Chrisye was one such example.

He believes it is important to regulate the use of AI in replicating Chrisye's voice.

"We can see that the late Chrisye 'sings again' (AI voice). We need to focus on (how to manage his) royalties as a singer and not just the development of AI," Saleh pointed out.

He drew attention to other approaches that can be taken, such as regulatory sandboxes in financial technology (fintech) companies.

Meanwhile, Communication and Informatics Minister Budi Arie Setiadi has encouraged collaboration with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change to discuss the regulation of generative AI in Indonesia.

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