Hungary Wants to Use the Opportunities Provided by Artificial Intelligence

László Palkovics, Minister of Innovation and Technology, presented Hungary’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy in Debrecen.


At the event held at the University of Debrecen, the Minister reported that the strategy, developed by more than 250 member organizations of the Artificial Intelligence Coalition (MIC) and more than a thousand experts, defines the basics, technological focus areas, and projects. Based on the strategy, the Hungarian society needs to be prepared for this technology to come, he added.

Among the elements of the strategy, he highlighted participation in the development of automatic, self-driving vehicles. Hungary has already built a test track, set up a research center, and launched educational and research programs. 

László Palkovics, who presented the most important elements of the strategy in a joint presentation with Jakab Roland, President of MIK, said that artificial intelligence could add 11-14 percent to the GDP of Hungary by 2030.

He also pointed out that the National Data Asset Agency, which fits into the government structure, will be set up in Budapest, and data analysis will be carried out in Debrecen, for which another supercomputer will be installed at the University of Debrecen. He emphasized the field of research and development: the National Laboratory of MI has already been established, through which they want to get involved in as many world-famous research projects as possible in the future.

The minister added that Hungary is committed to the implementation of the strategy. Hungary joined the Finnish initiative and set the goal that 10 percent of the country’s population, about one million people, should have some level of knowledge about artificial intelligence, while one percent of the population should receive training to acquire knowledge. about AI. 

Lajos Kósa (Fidesz), the Member of Parliament for the region, emphasized that the government had decided that the Hungarian artificial intelligence center would be in two cities, Budapest and Debrecen.