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Machines taking over bureaucracy raises eyebrows

  • Adrian Wail Akhlas

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, November 29, 2019   /  08:38 am
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Thursday the government would replace echelon III and IV officials with artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up the government’s work. (Shutterstock/-)

As President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo prepares to replace government jobs with artificial intelligence (AI) to cut red tape amid a big push for investment and bureaucratic reform, observers have raised concerns about the availability of reliable and secure public data. Jokowi said on Thursday the government would replace echelon III and IV officials with AI to speed up the government’s work. The legal umbrella for such a plan would be put forward as part of an omnibus bill that would eliminate inefficient regulations and bureaucracy. “I have instructed ministers to replace echelon III and IV officials with AI [because] our bureaucracy will be faster with AI, but it will depend on the omnibus bill,” the President told business leaders attending the Kompas100 CEO Forum in Jakarta. The o...