Singapore’s AI Adoption Beats Australia, South Korea And Rest Of SEA

The continued conversation around AI is not looking to abate anytime soon with Intel more than happy to fan the flames. In the latest International Data Corporation (IDC) report, commissioned by Intel, touts Singapore as the leading country in AI adoption among markets surveyed consisting of Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, and Taiwan.

While it comes as a bit of a surprise, the methodology behind IDC’s report covered areas such as enterprise adoption, government support, and in-market talent being able to tap into AI-related activities to formulate their findings.

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Despite Singapore leading the pack, the report noted that Japan’s investment in AI / Machine Learning (ML) far exceeds the markets surveyed having had an early start. Singapore does well in the areas of enterprise and government-related investments, with the former weighing heavily in the survey considering the large number of multinational corporations based in the country. The IDC report highlights that “about 87% of larger enterprises in Singapore employ AI / ML to varying degrees, with about 60% seeing quantifiable improvements of their business KPIs through their AI/ML capabilities.”

With the continued rollout of Intel’s Core Ultra processor across their OEMs, the key takeaway here is that most AI-related functions / models don’t need the highest specced hardware (or multiple GPUs) to get started. When used on a consumer level or as a small-scale use, most of the hardware offerings available right now are a good start to run tests and to see if a more scaled-up enterprise solution might be the next best step. And it might be good for the environment as well.

Alexis Crowell, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Intel Asia Pacific and Japan

“If you want to want to run an enterprise-grade LLM (Large Language Model), you can do it on a (Intel) Xeon. There’s a lot you can actually do with the infrastructure that exists right now and the impact on the planet as we add more compute, power consumption, and water, the more we can leverage existing systems, the better it is for those who are coming behind us.” shared Alexis Crowell, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Intel Asia Pacific and Japan, who is confident that Intel continues to be well positioned to capture the rising demand for AI-capable hardware in the years to come.