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Three Media Companies in a Pioneering AI Project

Lindholmen Science Park has quickly established a bridge between Medier & demokrati and AI Innovation of Sweden. The pioneer project 'Swedish Linguistic Data Lab' includes three media companies, and more may join. - For us, it is of great value to collaborate with new participants and learn about AI competence that differs from our own, says George Grönwald, editorial head of development for Hall Media.

AI Innovation of Sweden is a national concentration of forces that accelerates innovation and research work for implementation of AI with the overall long-term goal of strengthening the competitive force of Swedish industry and Swedish welfare. In February, Minister of Energy and Digitalisation Anders Ygeman inaugurated the centre's first testing and collaboration environment at Lindholmen Science Park. 

A sustaining work model is, just like within Medier & demokrati, that the commercial sector, academics and public sector work together to promote non-competitive live projects.  The Swedish Linguistic Data Lab is one of eight Swedish data lab projects in which Vinnova – Sweden's innovation authority – currently invests. The purpose is to stimulate and develop access to data, which, in turn, provides better possibilities of driving innovation based on data and AI.

George Grönwald, Hall Media, ser värdet av att ta del av ny AI-kompetens.George Grönwald, Hall Media, sees the value of learning new AI expertise.

The Swedish Linguistic Data Lab – liberally translated, artificial intelligence will be trained in Swedish – is a springboard for developing AI and language-based media services. The project, headed by AI Innovation of Sweden, runs until June 2021 and involves a total investment of SEK 3.8 million, about half of which is financed by Vinnova. Central figures include Recorded Future, Gavagai, Talkamatic and Språkbanken. The three media companies that are participating are Gota Media, Hall Media and Ifrågasätt, the latter of which is at the leading edge for its commentary service.

Media & demokrati's ambition is also that the media sector becomes a natural part of AI Innovation of Sweden and its ecosystem, nationally and internationally.

- We are convinced that a practical AI application will be very important for the media sector and consider the involvement of more media members in broad collaborative projects extremely beneficial and there are more coming, says Martin Svensson, Co-director for AI Innovation of Sweden.

AI Innovation of Sweden

  • is funded by Vinnova, Region Västra Götaland, and partners from the industrial and public sectors, research institutions and the academic world.
  • The host is Lindholmen Science Park.
  • 40 parties were already involved when the centre started.

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