AI-based digital assistant to reduce bureaucracy in Estonian government

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AI-based digital assistant to reduce bureaucracy in Estonian government
AI-based digital assistant to reduce bureaucracy in Estonian government

The AI-based digital assistant, a combination of interoperable AI networks and known as Bürokratt, which will even contact people directly when they need to complete a government service, is set to go live next year

Estonian citizens will be supported by an (artificial intelligence) AI-based digital assistant while using government services from next year after a successful beta test of the software.

The AI-based digital assistant, a combination of interoperable AI networks and known as Bürokratt, which will even contact people directly when they need to complete a government service, is set to go live next year.

Removing bureaucracy and making government services easier to use, the AI-based digital assistant, like Siri and Alexa, will also communicate with users using voice.

Citizens will be able to carry out tasks such as submitting applications, make payments and data in registries through voice commands on commonly used devices such as smartphones. Traditionally, to complete a task, people would have to find information from various government websites, but the AI-based digital assistant knows each citizen and can automatically do what they need to do because the service is personalised.

To complete a task such as renew a driving licence, register a birth or file their tax return, the AI-based digital assistant will even contact citizens to remind them if they need.

“Under Bürokratt, citizens won’t have to know or spend time searching for information on separate government websites to find a particular service”, said Ott Velsberg, chief data officer of Estonia. “Rather, people will have services offered to them and delivered in an integrated manner, around their needs. In the same way as Alexa plays you a song and Siri assists you with your phone calls, Bürokratt will enable citizens to access their own personal data and get support with government services”.

Velsberg said the AI-based digital assistant – Bürokratt is an example to governments across the world. “Both the launch and implementation of Bürokratt will be a testament to Estonian technology and will certainly inspire more governments to transform the citizen user experience. AI-based voice-interactive virtual assistants will be the future for other governments around the world, but now they are a reality for the Estonian people”.

Siim Sikkut, CIO of the Estonian government, said, “As the number one digital society in the world, the Estonian government recognises the power and need for digitisation, particularly with respect to how public services operate from the user perspective. AI-based tools like Bürokratt provide citizens with seamless and integrated services that are rightfully tailored to the individual and their life events”.

“The user experience will not rely on citizens having the appropriate digital skills to be able to operate interfaces such as apps or websites, but will operate through the most intuitive communication mode, which is voice”.

In the future, to apply for services in the private sector, the AI-based digital assistant will also save Estonian citizens time and effort. The service will be able to connect to organisations outside government and, if consent is given by the citizen, it will share data to enable them to receive services elsewhere. For example, on behalf of the citizen, the AI-based digital assistant, with consent, could connect to a bank and automatically fill in an application for a mortgage or loan.

The Estonian government added, “Bürokratt will, in the future, allow a person to get everything they need from one device and through a virtual assistant in one communication session. Bürokratt is thus an interoperable network of public and private sector AI solutions, which, from the user’s point of view, acts as a single channel for public services and information”.

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