Welcome to the European AI Alliance!

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!

Comments

Poslal David Pereira Čet, 14/06/2018 - 15:03

Looking forward to contribute on a constructive and enriching discussion around AI and how to make to most out of it for the best interests of the European Union citizens, markets and institutions.

Poslal aysegul UCAR Sob, 16/06/2018 - 18:30

Hi Everyone

I think that we will make a lot of contribution to high level expert disccusions.

Poslal Oleg Gutsol Pet, 15/06/2018 - 01:24

Greetings everyone!

Thank you for inviting us to the alliance, we are looking forward to the discussions and contributing to the group.

Poslal Matthew Newman Pet, 15/06/2018 - 10:17

I find it fantastic that the European Commission pursues such an inclusive way of informing guidelines and policy for such an important technology. I look forward to contributing. Great to be here.

Poslal Steve Delien Pet, 15/06/2018 - 13:40

Very excited to be part of this and help contribute!

Poslal fabrizio GRAMUGLIO Pet, 15/06/2018 - 14:36

Thank you for inviting me, I am very happy to be part of the group and I am waiting to contribute to the group.

Poslal Daniele Antolini Pet, 15/06/2018 - 18:20

I'm very proud to be part of this group

Poslal Asmar Atif Pet, 15/06/2018 - 22:05

Thank you. Excited to be part of the group and contribute. 

Poslal Gianpiero NEGRI Pet, 15/06/2018 - 23:25

Thank you for inviting me.
I'm currently involved on both industrial and academical sides in safety AI and machinery development.
Looking forward to hearing from you all and hope I could give an effective contribution.

Poslal Mike Richardson Pon, 18/06/2018 - 11:29

Thank you for the warm welcome.  It's an honor to participate.

 

My focus is on Photonics, Spectography and Manufacturing

Poslal Enzo Maria Le Fevre Pon, 18/06/2018 - 11:34

Thank you for the warm welcome.

I'm glad to be able to contribute to the European AI Alliance. Its findings will also enrich the work we are developing at the OECD level in building the guidelines on the use of emerging technologies in the public sector.

Looking forward to learn more from all the members.

 

Poslal Jaime Abril Pon, 18/06/2018 - 18:17

Thank you for the invitation, I am looking forward to contributing to an AI transformation for good, where no one is left behind.

Poslal fernando DIAZ Tor, 19/06/2018 - 15:33

Thank you for the invitation and for this opportunity to learn about the AI's implication in so many other fields.

 

 

Poslal Alexandra BENSAMOUN Tor, 19/06/2018 - 19:28

Thank you for your invitation. It is an honour to participate.

I am Professor of law, so my focus is on law and ethical issues.

Poslal Nicolas Petit Sre, 20/06/2018 - 02:30

Dear Lucilla,

I am thrilled to be part of the group, and impressed by the amount of collective, human level intelligence that you have gathered around the alliance and HLG.

Nicolas

 

 

Poslal Ramon Rahangmetan Sre, 20/06/2018 - 13:52

Dear Lucilla,

Thankyou for giving me the opportunity to be part of this amazing group, together we hold a great resposibility for contribute our time, knowledge and experience to this topic.

Have a nice day,

Best regards,
Ramon Rahangmetan

Poslal Tomas Jucha Čet, 21/06/2018 - 06:58

Dear Lucilla,

Many thanks for warm welcome indeed. As a team member of Slovak government AI team, I personally value the opportunity to form the better future for us and our children. We, as a an European AI Alliance need to do our most in order to harness the benefits of AI based systems while backing it with due awareness, considerations and last but not least implementations of legal and ethical safeguards. And we know when we talked about emerging technologies, time runs not quickly but exponentially. Contributing to reach responsible and explainable R&D and deployment of AI is not an easy task, but a necessary one if we want to build trust in new technologies and ensure their proper and beneficial applications in the long run.

We have responsible task ahead of us, so let's join our forces and wisdom here to prepare the humanity for changes and challenges that are coming.

Best,

Tomas

Poslal Christian Guttmann Čet, 21/06/2018 - 13:24

Dear Lucia, Dear EU commission,

On behalf of the Nordic Artificial Intelligence Institute (NAII), I and my collegue Dr. Benjamin Hirsch are excited to be part of the European AI Alliance. This initiative is much aligned with the non-profit AI mission of the NAII -- using AI for social and economic prosperity. For those not yet familar with the NAII, please find out more here. https://www.nordicaiinstitute.com/ 

We will respond with more comments shortly as today is the last day for comments for the first meeting, and we wish the High Level Expert Group (many of which we know and congratulate on their position) a productive time on the first meeting on the 27th!

Best Regards,

Christian and Benjamin

Poslal Dominik Beron Čet, 21/06/2018 - 15:18

Dear Lucia,
Dear All,

really happy to be a part of this!

I got a background in law (corporate, M&A), then I founded tech-companies. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D. (theory of justice for the "digital age") and work as a policy advisor (digitization, innovation, research) to an Austrian political party and the UN.

Really hope I can contribute & looking forward to working with you all!

Best,
Dominik

Poslal Tunde Kallai Čet, 21/06/2018 - 16:22

Dear Lucia, I am honored to join to the AI Alliance. I would offer my expertise and network ot only in the Euro-Mediterranean region but also in MENA  (Tunisia, Egypt , Jordan, Lebanon mainly) and East of Africa , (Rwanda and Congo), where the national governments and their leaders have already established their national initiatives for AI and they are ready to join to our alliance by their existing national high level institutional structure. I propose to the High Level Expert Group to enlarge the EU AI Alliance iniative for this geographical locations (third countries) as well. I would be intermediary/consultant at any time, with great pleasure.

My best wishes

Tunde Kallai

Poslal Nicholas Windley Pet, 22/06/2018 - 12:59

Looking forward to helping make AI a truly transformative and triple bottom line technology that benefits everyone including the planet.

Poslal Esko Heiniemi Pet, 22/06/2018 - 14:57

Dear Lucia

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of this very interesting and important group, 

Poslal Massimo Ippolito Tor, 26/06/2018 - 11:22

Dear Lucia,

thank you for the kindly welcome. It's an honor to participate.

Massimo Ippolito

Digital Initiatives Platform - Innovation Manager

Comau S.p.A.

Poslal anna de stefano Ned, 01/07/2018 - 22:00

Dear Ms. Sioli,

thank you very much for the invitation to join this very interesting Group, I am very honored to be part of it and to give my possible contribution.

I also thank the other participant to this Alliance for the warmth of their posts and the enthusiasm spread by the various comments.

Looking forward to doing my best,

Anna De Stefano

Poslal Eugenio Parra Pet, 20/07/2018 - 09:42

Dear Lucilla.

Thank you very much for the warm welcome and for the opportunity to be part of this group.

I have great interest in learning, sharing and discussing a topic as relevant as artificial intelligence.

Best regards.

Eugenio Parra.