Artificial intelligence for Europe

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Series Details COM (2018) 237
Publication Date 25/04/2018
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Communication published by the European Commission in April 2018 setting out a European approach to making the most out of the opportunities offered by artificial intelligence (AI), while addressing the challenges AI brings.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to systems that display intelligent behaviour by analysing their environment and taking actions – with some degree of autonomy – to achieve specific goals. AI-based systems can be purely software-based, acting in the virtual world (voice assistants, image analysis software, search engines, speech and face recognition systems) or AI can be embedded in hardware devices (advanced robots, autonomous cars, drones or Internet of Things applications).

The strategy put forward by the European Commission on 25 April 2018 proposes a three-pronged approach: increasing public and private investments; preparing for socio-economic changes brought about by AI; and ensuring an appropriate ethical and legal framework.

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The Guardian, 25/04/2018: Artificial intelligence: €20bn investment call from EU Commission
EUObserver, 25/04/2018: EU in race to set global artificial intelligence ethics standards
EurActiv, 25/04/2018: Commission vows to spend €1.5 billion on artificial intelligence by 2020
Euronews, 25/04/2018: I won't be replaced by robot vacuum cleaner, quips EU commissioner
Politico, 25/04/2018: In global AI race, Europe pins hopes on ethics
Reuters, 25/04/2018: EU to invest 1.5 billion euros in AI to catch up with US, Asia

EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)137: Liability for emerging digital technologies
European Commission: Press Release, 25/04/2018: Artificial intelligence: Commission outlines a European approach to boost investment and set ethical guidelines

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