SINGAPORE – 06 JUN 2023
Asia’s flagship tech event, Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG), opens today at Capella Singapore with ATxSummit, an invitation-only event that sees business, tech and government leaders from around the world discuss the myriad opportunities and challenges of the digital space. Organised by Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Summit was kicked-off by Guest-of-Honour, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Mr. Lawrence Wong.
Speaking at the opening were also Chief Executive IMDA, Mr. Lew Chuen Hong who provided the groundwork on the state of technology use today and its potential benefits to productivity and the global economy. In a featured address, H.E Kaja Kallas, Prime Minister, Republic of Estonia, spoke about how a shared digital world that is open, free and secure can only be achieved through three things - collaboration, strong partnerships and trusted connectivity. Echoing her sentiments was Dame Jacinda Ardern, former Prime Minister of New Zealand. Ms. Ardern made a special appearance with a recorded address that emphasised the importance of collaborations between the private and public sectors as we govern and navigate the deployment of generative AI tools.
ATxSummit embarked on exciting panels focused on Generative AI, tech for good, navigating tech winter, immersive technologies, and digital sustainability.
The first Generative AI panel, titled “Pause or Play - Generative AI's Promise, Perils and Partnerships” was moderated by Annabelle Droulers, Bloomberg Television, and included panellists H.E. Alexandra Van Huffelen, Minister for Digitalisation and Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Netherlands; Ahmed Mazhari, President, Microsoft Asia; and Keith Strier, Vice President, Worldwide AI Initiatives, Nvidia.
They discussed the importance of policy and regulation by both governments and private organisations regarding AI, noting the potential existential risk that the technology possesses. The panellists also shared case studies and examples on how generative AI can benefit society across multiple segments – from healthcare, education, language training and economic productivity. It is also important for generative AI to be trusted by society for its true potential to be harnessed, with the panellists agreeing on the importance of a more holistic education process together with international regulations put in place.
Along a similar vein, “Pause or Play: Generative AI’s Innovators” panel was moderated by Su Lian Jye, Chief Analyst, Applied Intelligence, Omdia and included panellists such as Ben Brooks, Head of Public Policy, Stability AI; Ori Goshen, Co-CEO, AI21 Labs; Feng-Yuan Liu, Vice President of Business Development, Aicadium, Michael Sellito, Head of Policy (interim), Anthropic; Joshua Wong, Co-Founder and CEO, Hypotenuse AI; Ivan Zhang, Co-Founder & CTO, Cohere and Jennifer Zhang, Co-Founder and CEO, WIZ.AI.
They spoke on the unexplored areas within the workplace that AI has yet to venture into, including workflows, data analytics, and other structured and process driven protocols in which the technology could come in an increase efficiency. However, the panel also cautioned on the importance of third-party tools to assess AI use, so that performance, safety, and capability, among others are maintained. The panellists also touched on the medium that AI is deployed in and how it should be suited for its circumstances – citing examples of different uses in industries such as law enforcement and healthcare, and how AI prediction could make an impact on decision making.
The “Promise to Progress: Delivering Tech for a Better World” panel explored how technology could augment current efforts in improving the lives of people around the world. Moderated by Dr Ming Tan, Founding Executive Director, Tech For Good Institute, the panel featured speakers including H.E. Eglė Markevičiūtė, Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation, Lithuania; H.E. Marisa Lago, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, USA; Mark German, Executive Director, Rise, Schmidt Futures, Peter Selfridge, Global Head of Government and Public Affairs, SAP, and Dr Kazuo Yano, Fellow, Hitachi and CEO, Happiness Planet.
The panel discussed various ways in which advancements in technology could make a positive impact in various ways, enable sustainable growth for Southeast Asia and beyond while aiding the fight against climate change. Panellists also spoke on people, regarded as the most important resource, and how reskilling, upskilling, and onboarding people onto borderless projects can help bridge cultural differences and the digital divide. The panellists also shared perspectives on how technology needs to be implemented across public services, as existing and high public expectations for private sector services have begun to shift onto government services. They also touched on the importance of generating quality connections between people, and the relationship between bridging communities and supporting talent.
The summit also touched on other interactive discussions on emerging tech such as Web 3.0 and blockchain, and how it helps to build trust in the ecosystem; the importance of tech convergence to enhance digital commerce; and how both public and private sectors can collaborate to solve global challenges such as climate change.
For details and the latest agenda on ATxSG, please visit: www.asiatechxsg.com
About Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG)
ATxSG 2023 is Asia’s leading technology event jointly organised by Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Informa Tech - supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). The event consists of two main segments, ATxSummit and ATxEnterprise.
ATxSummit (6 – 7 June), the apex event of ATxSG held at Capella Singapore, comprises an invitation-only Plenary covering themes like Generative AI, web 3.0, digital x sustainability across four key pillars: Tech x Trust, Tech x Good, Tech x Builders and Tech x Creative. ATxSummit also features the ATxAI and SG Women in Tech conferences, alongside G2G and G2B closed-door roundtables to facilitate closer partnerships between the public sector and digital industry.
ATxEnterprise (7 – 9 June), organised by Informa Tech and held at Singapore Expo, will host conferences as well as exhibition marketplaces comprising B2B enterprises across Technology, Media, Infocomm, Satellite industries and start-ups. ATxEnterprise consists of BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia, SatelliteAsia, TechXLR8 and InnovFest x Elevating Founders. For more information on ATxSG, please visit asiatechxsg.com.
About Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) leads Singapore’s digital transformation with infocomm media. To do this, IMDA will develop a dynamic digital economy and a cohesive digital society, driven by an exceptional infocomm media (ICM) ecosystem – by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore's ICM infrastructure. IMDA also regulates the telecommunications and media sectors to safeguard consumer interests while fostering a pro-business environment, and enhances Singapore’s data protection regime through the Personal Data Protection Commission.
For more news and information, visit www.imda.gov.sg or follow IMDA on LinkedIn (@IMDA), Facebook (@IMDAsg) and Instagram (@IMDAsg).
(Mr) Aung Thi Ha