EU wants to regulate and promote AI

The European Commission is to present three papers on digital strategy, its second key project alongside the European Green Deal today. In the reports the Commission explains among other things how it proposes to promote and regulate artificial intelligence. Not a moment too soon, Europe's media find.

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Le Monde (FR) /

Better to tackle the question in advance

Le Monde praises the fact that the EU already wants to draw up ethical guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence:

“We see that it is complicated to regulate the market for personal data retroactively. ... This is why it is vital that this time the EU Commission tackles the regulation of a technology in advance, while it is still in its infancy. The EU has the potential to be successful if the member states are aware of what is at stake and are finally prepared to take joint action in this strategically important area. Having got bogged down in personal data, Europe cannot afford to miss the introduction of AI. For whether the old continent will be able to determine its own path in the future depends on this.”

De Volkskrant (NL) /

Digital race started long ago

Europe has a lot of work to do if it wants to keep up with the US and China, says De Volkskrant:

“The market is dominated by a handful of powerful companies. ... To change this, Europe will have to develop its own 'world-leading, cutting-edge' technologies, based on European values and giving high priority to data protection and transparency. ... According to the report the number of companies using AI must triple within the next five years. This will require a total of 20 billion dollars in private and public funding. ... The Commission points out that already in 2016 Europe was investing far less in AI than North America and Asia were. These differences will only become greater.”