The island of Taiwan is taking a leading position in developing practical applications and adoption of AI thru opening a massive (1.3M sq ft) technology park. The public and private sectors are joining forces in building and developing this park, which will draw many resources into the same place. They are also working to train 10,000 engineers who can work there, and elsewhere.
This level of cooperation and the vision it supports are almost completely absent in U.S. governments (though there are pockets of progress in some federal agencies, and a few state governments).
We need to start looking at what other countries are doing, particularly in Asia, and see whether we think we can adopt similar approaches, though we will likely need to modify them to fit the American political and legal context. What are your thoughts?
Tech giants such as Google, IBM and Microsoft have expressed intentions of developing AI R&D centers or similar initiatives in Taiwan. They picked Taiwan over other markets in Asia because capable and cheaper engineers are abundant. Workers in Taiwan are also considered less likely than peers in mainland China to steal patented technology. To help meet this demand, Taiwan’s cabinet last year announced plans to train 10,000 AI workers per year.