Interview with Anzyz COO in Digi.no

Anzyz participated in the Nordic Tech Week in Berlin and our COO had a talk with Digi.no. You can read the interview (in Norwegian) below.

BERLIN (digi.no): Ingeborg Frøysnes, Chief Operating Officer of Anzyz, believes Norway needs a national strategy for artificial intelligence in order to be able to coordinate the knowledge within academia and business. Moreover, the Nordic countries and Germany should cooperate more to develop artificial intelligence. - I think it is positive that Norway, as the only non-EU member state, has signed a cooperation agreement on increased focus on AI, she says to digi.no after a panel debate on the Nordic technology week in Berlin.
Frøysnes emphasizes that she is for this type of coordination on the artificial intelligence field.
- It is an absolute advantage that the EU and the EEA harmonize the regulation of artificial intelligence. It will give Europe an advantage and build trust, she says.
The Norwegian company Anzyz specializes in developing an algorithm that is one hundred percent self-learning, without the need for indexing or tagging. Algorithms teach themselves the exact language.
"Now it has just learned Finnish as a new language, but as an algorithm it can be used for everything," says Frøysnes enthusiastically. It can also speak Norwegian, which is relatively unusual for what is found in artificial intelligence on the market today.
Anzyz has nevertheless chosen to concentrate the use of the algorithm around the health field and the company today provides support for decision systems in the health sector.
Huge potential
Frøysnes itself sees enormous potential for the spread of artificial intelligence in Europe, but believes that Europe as a whole must get more on the track in order to meet the developments that occur within artificial intelligence in the US and China. For these two countries, the focus is now on investing in artificial intelligence. China, in particular, has a challenge when it comes to safeguarding privacy.
- I don't think we should underestimate the customers' power and their right to choose the services they want. Many of those who want to make use of services where artificial intelligence is used have US and European values ​​in the privacy field, she comments.
In the Norwegian context, Frøysnes believes that we are very good at artificial intelligence within academia.
"There I see a lot of potential, but I would have liked to see more support for the commercialization of Norwegian AI products," she says.
Specifically, she wants a Norwegian support scheme for artificial intelligence and access to several pilot projects so that the technology can be tested out. Frøysnes points out that AI is so new in Norway that the use of it is needed to be concretized through cases.
- My ambition is that Norwegian AI will become more viable, and then I think it is important that the public sector to a greater extent meet the startups who are doing this, so that the public sector can be shown what AI can be used for.

Datasets Challenge
The size of available data sets has long been a challenge in the development of AI both in Europe and in Norway. Now the EU is taking action and creating an AI platform where the players who want it can post large datasets. The idea is that the data can be used to create better solutions in artificial intelligence.
Commercial companies are now also encouraged to share more data that is not critical to competition, so more data can become available and artificial intelligence developments can accelerate.
Although Norway has relatively small datasets compared to other countries, Ingeborg Frøysnes recalls that the quality of the Norwegian data is good. She also advocates that the Nordic countries and, preferably, Germany should cooperate to a greater extent in the development of artificial intelligence.
- Then we need a greater harmonization of ethical and legal rules between these countries, but if we get it, the Nordic region and Germany as a region will have greater power to develop AI. I don't think we should underestimate how much these countries can do together, she says.
In the future, Frøysnes believes that the main challenge for the development of artificial intelligence is to obtain the right people to implement the strategy here at home and to get in touch with the right investors who understand what artificial intelligence is.

‍ Text and photo: Caroline M. Svendsen
Date: 31.10.2018 ‍