According to the Government Artificial Intelligence Readiness Index 2020, Thailand was ranked 60th due to the need for more AI policies and action plans. In consequence, the Thai Cabinet approved a (Draft) Thailand National AI Strategy and Action Plan (2022–2027) (“AI Plan”) on 26 July 2022, with the idea that “Thailand has an effective ecosystem to promote AI development and application to enhance the economy and quality of life within 2027”.
The AI plan aims to build human capacity, technology, economic growth, and social and environmental impact.
Focusing on laws proposed under the AI plan, such laws intend to create guidelines and regulations to promote AI as socially beneficial, ethical, trustworthy, secure and private, fair, and emphasizing human well-being. Moreover, the laws will be enacted to comply with the PDPA, with consideration of data subject rights.
The AI plan states that ethics in utilizing AI technology and the development and effects of AI utilization should be addressed in the primary stage of Thai education. Furthermore, standards for data storage, data verification, robotics, or AI-related medical devices will be required for AI laws, ethics, and international standards.
AI-related laws and regulations in Thailand are clearly in the primary stages. Thailand’s government and business sectors are pushing to regulate this cutting-edge technology to benefit Thailand’s economy and society. However, only the insurance and finance sectors regulate and put out criteria and measures for utilizing AI tools as an IT outsourcing service to mitigate unexpected scenarios that AI technology may cause.
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