Poland must make use of artificial intelligence

Poland must make use of artificial intelligence. Marcin Obara/PAP

Poland must do everything to find itself among the leading countries in the use of artificial intelligence, said Minister of Digital Affairs Marek Zagorski on Monday.

Zagorski was speaking at the "Dimensions of Artificial Intelligence. NASK – Cyber Reality – Poland" conference held in Warsaw, which featured the presentation of a report by the Department of Market and Opinion Research of Thinkstat NASK PIB titled "Artificial Intelligence in Society and the Economy," an analysis of a nationwide survey of Polish internet users.

Zagorski spoke about the need for education and the building of public awareness about AI-based technologies.

"We must do everything to find ourselves among the leaders of countries and leaders of economies using artificial intelligence, because there is no turning back from the applications of AI in all sectors of the economy," stated Zagorski.

He added that a development strategy for AI was being prepared that was based on four basic pillars: knowledge and competence, an appropriate infrastructure, legal provisions (to ensure that the technologies will be safe for people) and financing for research and implementation.

"In its new financial perspective, the European Commission has allocated nearly EUR 9 billion to areas related to artificial intelligence and the entire Digital Europe programme. We want to get the most of this programme, as Poland, and together with our partners from the EU," said the minister.

According to the study by NASK, the national research institute supervised by the Ministry of Digital Affairs, the vast majority of respondents (89.2 percent) said they were familiar with the term "artificial intelligence," while only 4.1 percent said they were not. More than half of those polled (52.3 percent) stated that artificial intelligence affects their daily lives.

The term "artificial intelligence" arose in the 1950s and has been the subject of discussion among researchers and professionals ever since. Currently, the term is used to describe complex human-designed systems that are able to operate without human supervision. Artificial intelligence has already made its way into many fields, including communication, marketing, IT and the military sector