Accident prevention and detection of gambling addicts on the Internet are some of the objectives of the projects that the government today presents to treat the data collected by the public administration with artificial intelligence mechanisms.
The minister of the Presidency and Administrative Modernization told the Lusa agency that the idea is "to improve public services", being able to use the information to "prevent instead of remedy".
With four million euros will be supported 19 projects that bring together public bodies, authorities, universities and scientific institutions, which will work data made available to the scientific community, but only after being "protected" in a project with the National Institute of Statistics.
Maria Manuel Leitão Marques indicated that among other projects is a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Universidade Nova to detect "abnormal patterns of prescription of antibiotics" in the National Health System.
Another, involving the GNR and the University of Évora, will focus on studying accident patterns to identify "critical points" and prevent accidents.
INE, Universidade Nova and Turismo de Portugal will also collaborate to identify "patterns of addiction in online play", while the Ministry of Health and the Gulbenkian Foundation will work together to try to identify and predict the need for hospital emergencies.
The minister said that by the end of the year the second phase of the program will be launched, whose funding is coordinated by the Foundation for Science and Technology, and the expectation is that there will be twice the money to support projects.
Candidates will not miss, said Maria Manuel Leitão Marques, pointing out "the many good projects that were left out" of the first phase, whose contest was decided by an international jury.
All the projects that will be supported are "in the initial phase", although some have already passed the prototype phase.
Science Minister Manuel Heitor told Lusa that, like other sectors of the economy and society, public administration will undergo a "digital transformation".
This is a "critical area" and we need to invest in "scientific capacity in areas such as mass information processing", following principles of "institutional ethics" in the treatment of data relating to various areas of citizens' lives.
The minister emphasized that "it is not the technique that will dominate" the decision mechanisms, which will always be human, although they can be based on the conclusions drawn from the data processing through artificial intelligence.
The presentation of the 19 projects supported will be done this morning in the National Institute of Statistics.