Tue. May 28th, 2024
  • Taiwan’s top-level science and technology meeting has concluded, urging their government to take several steps to maintain and enhance the nation’s technological competitiveness.
  • The advisory board stressed the importance of broadening technological education and emphasized the potential mutual development between artificial intelligence and the semiconductor industry.
  • For green technologies, the board visioned Taiwan to become a role model in net-zero transition using a knowledge-based approach.

After a 12-year gap, the Executive Yuan Science and Technology Advisory Board Meeting was held, bringing together elite scientists and industry leaders to discuss Taiwan’s technology progress for the upoming decade. The focus was set on green technologies, supporting the global shift towards carbon neutrality, and exploring the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and the semiconductor industry.

Speaking on semiconductor and AI development, the board advised Taiwan to leverage their strength in semiconductors to become a major global partner in driving innovations in associated technologies. To this end, the board recommended emphasizing on next-generation talents, expediting the application development of semiconductors and AI, and cultivating industrial innovations with generative AI.

When it comes to green technologies, the board envisions Taiwan as a figurehead in the transition to net-zero carbon emissions via a knowledge-based route. The recommended strategic measure includes setting decarbonization goals that align with Taiwan’s traits and using the transition as an opportunity to establish “green local supply chains.”

The board also stressed the need for a revamp in education. Universities need to align more with current industry demands, and technical and vocational education should be expanded, as every industry will likely use generative AI in the future. Additionally, they recommended that tax incentives should not only be provided for equipment or hardware but also for talents and intellectual properties.

Lastly, the advisory board emphasized the continual support for the semiconductor ecosystem, including critical materials and chemicals, to maintain Taiwan’s pivotal role in the industry. They also noted the importance of Taiwan’s unique industrial landscape in its pursuit for a “knowledge-based” net-zero transition and suggested that the demarcbonization goals should be flexible to account for the non-linear developments in technology.

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