It is so exciting to see the increase in awareness of artificial intelligence and the growth of the ecosystem in the last five years in Turkey. When we set out in 2017, artificial intelligence meant nothing but excitement. However, today it has become a giant ecosystem including research centers, startups, investors, world-class projects, great success stories, world-class academic developments and much more. Turkish AI Initiative (TRAI) is at the center of this entire ecosystem in the country. We would like to thank to our supporters, TRAI Advisory Board members and all other stakeholders.
Artificial intelligence has become the operating system of our civilization. It not only affects every sector but it also changes business models. Processes are improving. What was unimaginable until recently is coming true. Artificial intelligence means competitiveness, efficiency, customer satisfaction, profitability and sustainability. In short, artificial intelligence means advancing and developing.
Like space race and technologies, artificial intelligence has reached a very critical point in terms of the advancement of nations and their competitive power. USA and China are global leaders in AI, and the distance between them and other countries is gradually widening. The Republic of Turkey also announced its National Artificial intelligence Strategy in 2021.Turkey will do its best in artificial intelligence, it has to.
With increasing investments, the number and speed of artificial intelligence startups are increasing. With increasing interest, artificial intelligence departments and centers are being established in our universities which leads contributes to developing talents. Thanks to the interest the companies show to this area, more projects are being carried out, which leads to more efficiency and great success stories. In short, artificial intelligence popularity is increasing and developing.
For Turkish AI Initiative Week, we have prepared a variety of programs in which a great number of successful managers, academics, artificial intelligence experts and world-wide entrepreneurs participate.
We are looking forward to seeing you at Turkey’s biggest artificial intelligence event, which will last for 5 days.