Alright, so in Singapore, they’re getting serious about artificial intelligence. They’ve launched this massive S$70 million National Multimodal LLM Program and it’s a big deal. The idea is to develop the country’s research and engineering capabilities in multi-modal large language models. This is important because most of the current LLM models are heavily Western originated, and Singapore wants to change that. They want to develop a base model with regional context that can understand Singapore’s and the region’s unique linguistic characteristics and multi-lingual environment.
The National Multimodal LLM Program is part of Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2025 plan and will support Singapore’s national AI strategy 2.0. The goal is to nurture Singapore as a global leader in AI solutions by 2030. Plus, they’re looking to build skilled AI talent in Singapore, foster a thriving AI industry, and build a trusted environment in using AI. This is all part of Singapore’s commitment to become a global AI hub.
So, it’s cool to see how different countries are approaching this stuff. AI is such an interesting and important topic, and events like the Singapore Media Festival are really putting a spotlight on it. This is the kind of thing that’s going to drive the next wave of AI innovation in Southeast Asia.