On 19 February 2020, the European Commission unveiled its ambitious plan for “A Europe fit for the digital age”, consisting of a strategy for data and a white paper on artificial intelligence. The Commission’s plan adopts all key parts of the vision for excellence in AI unveiled by CLAIRE, the Confederation of Laboratories for Artiﬁcial Intelligence Research in Europe, which has it Czech seat at CIIRC CTU, in June 2018.
CLAIRE welcomes the move by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to take decisive action for driving key technological areas forward. Von der Leyen has made action on artiﬁcial intelligence (AI) a top priority, which is much needed in light of the societal and economic impact of AI technology and the massive investments elsewhere, notably in China and the United States.
Only 20 months ago, hundreds of experts in artificial intelligence across all of Europe set up CLAIRE to harness ideas and insights on how Europe can take a leading role in research and innovation in artificial intelligence. Considering how AI technologies increasingly define how we work, live and solve problems as individuals and societies, this is of crucial importance to citizens across Europe. Since then CLAIRE has grown to represent more than 350 AI research labs and organizations, representing more than 21,000 researchers and staff from across all of Europe.
The entire press release can be found at: https://claire-ai.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/CLAIRE-Press-Release-11.pdf