In 2019, Telenor and trade union, Negotia, presented a declaration for responsible use of AI to Astrup, emphasising the need for AI-supported decisions and recommendations for AI to be fair, non-discriminatory and transparent.
Four days prior to the presentation, Astrup visited Telenor’s Innovation Centre at Fornebu, where he spoke about the future of AI to representatives from Telenor and several other major Norwegian companies, including Equinor, DNB and Aker BP. In addition to giving participants a glimpse of the new strategy, the Minister announced what he calls the #AIchallenge.
“We challenge all Norwegian companies to take responsibility for developing AI competency among their employees. The objective is to see more than 100,000 Norwegians complete the online AI course Elements of AI. To achieve our goal, we depend on the big employers to take the lead in this effort.”
Elements of AI added to Telenor Campus
Brekke praises the Minister’s approach and says Telenor share his view on the importance of raising the level of basic AI competency among workers.
“In Telenor, we believe in creating growth through learning. That’s why we launched the concept of the 40-hour challenge in 2018. Everyone at Telenor has 40 hours of training at their disposal each year in order to stay up to date and develop their skills. Through the Telenor Campus, our online learning portal, employees are provided with a wide range of learning resources, and we have recently added the Elements of AI course to our campus. So Minister, challenge accepted,” says Brekke.