by Lucilla Sioli, Director for Digital Industry at DG Connect, European Commission
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the European AI Alliance! Thank you for joining. As a member of the European AI Alliance you will have the opportunity to discuss the future of artificial intelligence (AI) in the European Union. I am looking forward to hearing all your ideas and suggestions!
AI is already present in our daily life. From online searches to virtual assistants, from automated cleaning robots to language translators… More importantly, AI contributes to tackling some of the grand societal challenges we face today, like fighting diseases, climate change or cybersecurity attacks.
It is undeniable that AI has the potential to make our world a better place. Nevertheless, the technology can also bring about some challenges which need to be addressed. Safety, accountability, discrimination, transparency, privacy and future workplaces are but some of the issues that call for attention.
Trust in the technology is crucial to Europe's future competitiveness. Protection of our values should be at the core of technological developments. Moreover. for Europe to be at the forefront of technological developments, reflecting its economic standing, levels of investment must rise.
Europe's approach to AI is detailed in a Communication published on 25 April 2018. However, achieving ambitious goals will not be possible without Member States joining forces. In March, at Digital Day here in Brussels, EU Member States signed a EU Declaration of Cooperation on AI.
To lay the foundations of responsible development, this platform will host a dialogue on the principles that should govern our technological future and on their practical implementation. A High-level Expert group nominated by the European Commission will engage the members of the Alliance in the discussion. The group will hold its first meeting on 27 June.
I would like to invite you to reflect on what the future holds for all of us and how we can best prepare for it. Let us use the European AI Alliance to shape our digital future together. I hope you will take this opportunity to actively participate in the debate!