2018. November 17., Saturday


Artificial Intelligence Coalition Complementing IT Companies and Professional Workshops

The Coalition, which the University of Szeged is also a member of, was created to bring Hungary to the forefront of Europe, becoming an important member of the International Artificial Intelligence Community. Minister for Innovation and Technology László Palkovics emphasized that the foundation was based on Hungary's response to the challenges created by artificial intelligence, creating a platform for the cooperation of organizations working in this field.

The University of Szeged was represented by Prof. Dr. Zoltán Kónya, Vice-Rector of Scientific Affairs and Innovation at the founding event.


The aim of the compilation of about 70 Hungarian and international companies, universities, scientific workshops, professional and public administration organizations is to bring Hungary to the forefront of Europe, becoming an important member of the International Artificial Intelligence Community. The intention of the founders of the Coalition is to jointly determine the direction and the framework for development of artificial intelligence. The coalition participates in the development of the MI strategy in Hungary and in the analysis of the social and economic impacts associated with the spread of the MI, said András Levente, the leader of the Digital Wellbeing Program. He added: the operation of the coalition, to which 20 more organizations have indicated their willingness to join, is provided by the Digital Wellbeing Program.

According to László Palkovics, Minister of Innovation and Technology, Hungary's response to the challenges created by artificial intelligence is the founding of the coalition, creating a platform for cooperation between organizations working in this field. The minister also talked about the fact that the fourth industrial revolution is taking place today, characterized by intelligent, decisive robots. ‘It is important how we approach these intelligent machines and what are the legal and economic responses to the issues that arise in connection with it’ he said.


President of Infotér, Attila Soltész recalled that artificial intelligence in today's sense has existed and was developing since the 1950s. He highlighted that high added value work was being done in this area and the creation of a coalition would bring about a significant economic advantage, as well as improving the attractiveness of capital and labour in Hungary.

Jakab Roland, appointed Chairman of the Artificial Intelligence Coalition and Regional Director of Ericsson said that ‘there are waves of innovation driven by innovations that change our world,’ it is important that these changes are directed by professionals to be positive. It is therefore important for the market, science and state representatives to think together. He emphasized that the professional, legal and scientific questions generated by artificial intelligence can only be answered by the constant dialogue of the stakeholders. Within the Artificial Intelligence Coalition, working groups will soon be set up and in the upcoming months will be characterized by "real professional sparking", the Chairman of the Coalition said.

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