(2nd LD) Park to set up science and technology council to overhaul R&D

(ATTN: Minor edits) SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) — President Park Geun-hye said Thursday she would create and preside over a strategic council on science and technology that will overhaul South Korea’s research and development (R&D) process. The proposed council is designed to “drastically enhance productivity in R&D investment,” Park said in a meeting with officials and experts on artificial intelligence and software at Cheong Wa Dae, South Korea’s presidential office. The council — to be composed of about 20 civilian experts and public officials — will come up with a strategy on key issues related to science and technology and how best to coordinate plans for growth. The move came in a hastily-arranged meeting amid heightened public interest in artificial intelligence (AI) following the high-profile matches between Google’s artificial intelligence‚Ķ


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