Minister declares creation of artificial intelligence centres in Poland

"Poland is a place full of talented IT people," the minister said, going on to state that, as a result, the country has become a centre for outsourcing though "that state of affairs does not satisfy our ambition." Tomasz Gzell/PAP

Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz told a ministry debate on Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Tuesday that there are plans to develop AI centres in Poland so as to become creators rather than recipients of innovation.

Emilewicz was quoted in a ministry press release as saying that it is necessary to increase the productivity of the Polish economy with the aid of automatisation and the use of algorithms based on AI and machine learning.

"Poland is a place full of talented IT people," the minister said, going on to state that, as a result, the country has become a centre for outsourcing though "that state of affairs does not satisfy our ambition."

"We want unique intellectual value in the field of AI to be created in Poland," Emilewicz said, during a meeting with David Hanson, CEO of the Hanson Robotics company, which makes a humanoid robot called Sophia. "It is time to become a creator rather than a recipient of innovation. That's why we are striving for competence centres to emerge in Poland and for them to be catalysts of cooperation between business and science."

Hanson was quoted in the release as saying that he was considering working towards creating a hub related to ethical AI in Poland. He said the creative and technological sectors are very well developed in Poland as well as that related to robotics, which has persuaded Hanson Robotics to create an R&D centre in Poland and to conduct research into developing technology to serve people, including humanoid robots that interact with people.

The ministry pointed out that the development of AI hubs in Poland gains importance in light of a European Commission policy, which as part of the digital strategy, plans to earmark significant funds to AI development. "In the case of the 'Horizon Europe' programme, the Commission has proposed investing EUR 15 billion in a 'digital technology, industry and space' cluster in which AI is a key field of activity that will be supported," the release read.