All the Nordic countries have strongly regulated data environments based on common values and understanding of security and responsibility of collecting, sharing, and using data. Nordic countries can make public data a competitive advantage by collaborating on high-value data sets that can be made available across the Nordic region.
Collaboration contributes to:
- Increased access to data that supports Nordic companies' digital opportunities and contribute to the development of new solutions and technologies such as artificial intelligence.
- Increased Nordic opportunities for digital and data-driven interaction between relevant stakeholders, both in the public and private sector.
New technologies such as automation, machine learning, big data and artificial intelligence bring innovative digital opportunities for the development of new business models that can act as a catalyst for the green transition in the Nordic region. The development also creates new opportunities for digital and data-driven interaction and makes it easier for a data-based innovation company to create new business opportunities based on data.
If the Nordic region is to realize the societal potential of the new technologies, to take part in digital growth and strengthen our potential as digital frontrunners, it is crucial that we ensure access to data that can support companies' digital opportunities and contribute to the development of new solutions and technologies such as artificial intelligence.
AI can help solve major societal challenges and provide significant benefits in a variety of areas. AI offers significant potential for the Nordic and Baltic countries in business and public sector activities. The potential lies in implementing today's technologies and know-how to increase efficiency and value creation, and in continued development where AI tools become more user friendly and are made available for broader use, and in the long term, are used in more areas of application.
AI systems based on incomplete or biased data can lead to inaccurate outcomes that infringe on people’s fundamental rights, including discrimination. Joint Nordic AI and data initiative reflects democratic value base of the Nordic countries and is implemented with cross sectorial and diverse ecosystem approach. The AI and Digitalization program also supports common Nordic FAIR data principles.
The program is one of eight initiatives lunched by the five Nordic ministers of trade and industry. The initiatives represent a determined advance towards a stronger and more sustainable Nordic region and support the vision for the Nordic region to be the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030.
Strengthening AI and data capabilities of the Nordic companies and public-private ecosystem collaboration is needed to drive the Nordic region becoming a front runner in digitalization, AI and responsible use of data.
- Explore perspectives, needs and opportunities based on AI and data for Nordic companies.
- Joint branding and exchange of experience between companies and other relevant actors.
- Ecosystem creation.
- Implementation of the Nordic Smart Government (NSG) roadmap.
The Nordic countries will not achieve transformative change by acting alone. A Nordic approach to AI and data will support and contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the 2030 Agenda and work to strengthen the ambitions of EU Green Deal. It will also allow for ecosystem partners to take part in the Horizon Europe missions.