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Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Rene Tammist was in Finland today to discuss artificial intelligence application in the public sector. The minister met with EU Digital Affairs Commissioner Mariya Gabriel and the Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä. Rene Tammist said that the application of AI will offer possibilities for taking economic productivity and the UX of national e-services to new levels, but will also result in challenges. “AI application will be the next phase of the digital turnaround, but our primary objective should be simplifying the lives of ordinary citizens,” said the minister. “We must provide sufficient resources for training and re-educating the labour force in order to adapt with new technologies. Machines have been used before to improve the living standard of people and the implementation of solutions based on artificial intelligence could be one of such opportunities,” said Tammist, adding that providing people with life-long learning possibilities can be achieved in close cooperation with entrepreneurs. “AI, digitalisation and automatisation should drive us further to invest in the skills of employees,” commented Tammist. The IT-ministers summit was populated by government representatives from the EU and other leading AI countries such as USA, China and UAE. Minister Tammist also met with EU Digital Affairs Commissioner Mariya Gabriel to discuss issues related to AI and cybersecurity. Tammist also met with the Minister of Economic Affairs of Finland Mika Lintilä to expand cooperation between Estonia and Finland in the field of artificial intelligence research. An expert group on AI implementation has been brought to existence in Estonia jointly between the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government Office in order to establish a national strategy and a legal framework for AI implementation.