A quarter of Taiwanese companies are well into their AI journey

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  • “A little less than 25% of respondents have either entered, or moved past, the level 4 stage of the Enterprise AI Maturity Cycle — the phase where AI is being operationalized in the organization, with deployments showing business value.
  • Most Taiwanese companies — at over 83 percent of those surveyed overall — have begun the development and deployment phase of introducing AI and machine learning into their organization.
  • Two-thirds of the respondents (67.6%) respondents said they were unable to access the data they needed for their business applications and operations.”


AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology

  • “The usual narrative goes like this: Without the constraints on data collection that liberal democracies impose and with the capacity to centrally direct greater resource allocation, the Chinese will outstrip the West.
  • China’s greatest advantage in AI is less surveillance than a vast shadow workforce actively labeling data fed into algorithms.
  • Under the leadership of Audrey Tang and her Sunflower and g0v movements, almost half of Taiwan’s population has joined a national participatory data-governance and -sharing platform that allows citizens to self-organize the use of data, demand services in exchange for these data,
  • Most impressively, tools growing out of this approach have been critical to Taiwan’s best-in-the-world success at containing the Covid-19 pandemic, with only 49 cases to date in a population of more than 20 million at China’s doorstep.
  • To paraphrase Edmund Burke, all that is necessary for the triumph of an AI-driven, automation-based dystopia is that liberal democracy accept it as inevitable.”