development of artificial intelligence

Apr

10

2018

EU member states will work together on

25 member states of the European Union have signed a declaration to cooperate at European level on the development of artificial intelligence. This involves, among other things, joint research and solving ethical issues.

The member states that have signed the Declaration of cooperation on Artificial Intelligence , including the Netherlands and Belgium, will collaborate on artificial intelligence in many areas. In a concrete sense , this means that European technology and industrial capacity for AI must be strengthened, with better access to public data from different sectors.

The socio-economic challenges must also be tackled, such as the impact of artificial intelligence on the labor market, where job losses due to increasing automation can be considered. The document also states that an adequate legal and ethical framework must be put in place, based on fundamental values ​​and rights in the EU. In line with the Declaration, Member States must re-examine and modernize their national policies, so that the opportunities that ai entails are taken up and the challenges are addressed.

With the signing it is also the intention that member states exchange views and opinions with each other and with the European Commission on the development of ai, the best practices and the innovation that can accompany them. In addition, Member States must ensure that people remain the focal point in the development of AI and in decision making in AI applications. In this context, countries must prevent the development of applications that can cause harm to others, which is likely to refer to ‘killer robots’, ie autonomous weapon systems.

It is not the first time that the European Union is engaged in the development of policy on the theme of artificial intelligence. For example, an EU advisory group called for a month ago to arrive at an international framework for rules on AI and has already advocated rules for robotics and standards for AI . The European Parliament has also indicated that it is in favor of a mandatory introduction of a ‘ kill switch ‘ for robots.

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