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1 Million AI Experts Needed, KAIST President Says

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Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) president Lee Kwang-hyung (left) speaking during a session of The Korea Forum 2022 Tuesday at The Westin Josun Seoul in downtown Seoul, Korea.

Credit: Lee Han-ho/The Korea Times

Lee Kwang-hyung, president of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), has encouraged the incoming Yoon Suk-yeol government to increase classroom hours for mandatory computer science education for elementary school students, to better prepare for the age of artificial intelligence (AI).

"We need 1 million AI professionals to lead the forthcoming era," he said during The Korea Forum 2022 hosted by Korean daily Hankook Ilbo newspaper, sister newspaper of The Korea Times, at The Westin Josun Seoul on Tuesday.

For that to happen, Lee said, education authorities need to strengthen computer science education for elementary school students. According to him, Korea falls far behind in computer science education compared to leading countries, such as the U.S., Japan, and the United Kingdom.

"Coding is the language of the computer. It is apparent that those who don't know computer languages will be left behind in the age of AI, just like those who don't speak and understand English these days find it difficult to find opportunities overseas," he said.

From The Korea Times
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