Brazil sets up national AI innovation network
With the aim of increasing the production capacity and competitiveness of local companies, the Brazilian government has announced the launch of a national innovation network focused on artificial intelligence (AI). The announcement of the AI Network follows launch of Artificial Intelligence Center (C4AI), Brazil’s largest research facility focused on AI.
Developed as the result of cooperation between the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI) and the Brazilian Industrial Research and Innovation Company (EMBRAPII), the network is the largest in the country.
As reported by zdnet, in the next five years, an investment of US$ 12 million will be used towards the development of the network. Out of this, US$ 3.5 million will be focused on AI applied to the automotive and agribusiness sectors. The network intends to encourage use of advanced technologies in various sectors, by providing resources along with access to an innovation ecosystem and technological skills.
The initiative intends to create a network of 17 research centers with infrastructure and skilled professionals in areas such as machine learning, Internet of Things, Big Data. The research centers will be used to strengthen national research, development and innovation capabilities in the field along with intensifying international exchange of knowledge and collaboration with primary AI networks in the world, especially those in Europe, Israel and North America.
The Network will also aim to promote cooperative development of projects between different organizations in the private sector. It will also promote cooperation between start-ups.