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AI development and use in Brazil
Kind: ICD What's New  Organization: Department of International Cooperation  Publish Date: 2021-07-28 15:05
While the use of artificial intelligence (AI) applications is still in the early stages in Brazil, reports suggest that development of the AI market in the country will continue to flourish. According to statistics from IT services and consulting firm Capgemini, up to 64% of Brazilians interact with AI devices or related mechanisms every day, ranking second globally and higher than the world average of 54%.
In an AI index ranking conducted by Oxford University in 2019, Brazil was deemed one of the four fastest-growing countries in terms of AI capability. Besides, according to GS1 Global Data Model, 5% of Brazilian households have intelligent personal assistants, and during the COVID-19 pandemic three-quarters of Brazil’s enterprises have increased investment in AI and automation technologies.

Given that AI is currently the world’s focal area for technological development, the Brazilian government has launched several projects this year aimed at enhancing the nation’s AI capability. The National Artificial Intelligence Strategy released in April includes plans to establish eight research centers with several aims, including promoting sustained investment in AI R&D, eliminating barriers to AI innovation, and cultivating skilled talent for the AI ecosystem. Moreover, under the IA2 MCTIC program 100 selected startups specializing in providing AI solutions will be provided with technical guidance and support. Among them, 15 will received about US$60,000 in investment from the government, while 30 will receive US$40,000.

AI technology is already being used across a wide range of industries in Brazil. In the agricultural sector, AI enterprises have combined cloud computing, sensors and smart phones to develop more high-tech services for farmers. For example, farmers can calculate the precise amounts of pesticide they need to spray, according to the quantities of pests detected by sensors, thus lowering costs by reducing waste. In the retail sector, AI technologies such as warehouse robotics, fraud prevention solutions for payments, and smart anomaly detection in operation processes are being used by physical and virtual enterprises, largely improving the whole sector’s supply chain management and cutting costs. In the healthcare sector, AI technologies have simplified conventional medical services by integrating different systems and instruments. AI has been especially useful during the COVID-19 pandemic when medical resources have been overstretched. For instance, AI technology has been applied in patient examination, helping to determine which patients should be hospitalized in intensive care or general units.

In addition, in order to realize the vision of gradually building smart cities and improving convenience for citizens, the Brazilian government is applying AI technologies toward enhancing infrastructure maintenance, traffic efficiency, water and energy efficiency, personal safety, health and public management, and so on. As AI technologies continue to be developed and applied on an ever larger scale, related sectors undoubtedly will benefit from this trend.

Sources: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in São Paulo; Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation website
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