Taiwan industry calls for increased investment in bridging AI skills gap

Taiwan must improve on-the-job training and foster new talent in the AI era

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Taiwan-developed AI robot showcased in CES 2018 (Photo/ITRI)

Taiwan-developed AI robot showcased in CES 2018 (Photo/ITRI)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwan-based AI-driven marketing company on Wednesday warned about a widening skills gap in Taiwan in the age of digital transformation, and urged the corporate world to adapt to the challenge.

In a digital development forum titled “Grow with Google,” CEO of iKala, Sega Cheng (程世嘉), called for more investment in the cultivation of talent with expertise in artificial intelligence technologies, in order for country to stay relevant in the competitive market, reports Liberty Times.

Founded in Taipei in 2011, iKala is dedicated to providing solutions to enhance marketing performance for advertisers and marketers in Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In fact, the government of Taiwan has diverted resources into the AI sector to keep abreast of the latest developments in emerging technology, with the establishment of AI research centers in four prominent academic institutions, including National Taiwan University (healthcare), National Chiao Tung University (smart services), National Cheng Kung University (biotech), and National Tsing Hua University (smart manufacturing), UDN wrote.

Earlier this week, Google announced plans to build new office space in New Taipei and recruit more employees in the country, as part of its aim to promote its Intelligent Taiwan project that involves nurturing AI and digital marketing talent.