AI has infiltrated every aspect of our lives, from the way we work and communicate to how we treat diseases, or wage wars. Globally, businesses and governments are investing billions to make the most out of this set of disruptive technologies while mitigating their risks. In this AI “race to the top”, the U.S. and China are often mentioned as the world’s frontrunners, not least because of their lead in developing cutting-edge AI applications. Yet, Ursula von der Leyen’s call for a new EU law on AI in the first 100 days of her mandate illustrates Europe’s determination in staying ahead of the AI curve and calls this Chinese/American supremacy into question. Could Europe’s regulatory and ethical framework, allowing policymakers, innovators, corporates, and academics to develop Europe’s AI industry in a trustworthy environment, act as a competitive advantage?
Taking place on March 16-17, 2020, POLITICO’s AI Summit is returning to Brussels to dissect how the European bloc is shifting and regulating the AI world order for the years to come. Some of the key questions that will be tackled are:
- What is happening across the globe (U.S., Canada, China, Japan, other regions)? Where does Europe stand? And what are the key alliances we see emerging between countries and regions around the globe?
- Will the EU’s approach to regulate and develop AI technologies adhering to high ethical standards give the bloc a global competitive edge — or is it doomed to fail?
- What are the EU’s policy priorities to boost Europe’s AI industry, while complying with European ethical standards? Are tough rules needed to make sure AI won’t violate basic human rights, or should regulation instead come as broad guiding principles, to make sure it does not stifle innovation?
- How challenging is the implementation of a cross-border and coordinated European approach towards AI? What is being done to overcome those challenges?
- What are the biggest consequences and challenges of automation in the industry, taking into account the level of power given to machines?
- What are the EU and member states doing to facilitate access to capital, data and skills needed to develop strong AI solutions?
For the third consecutive year, POLITICO is convening a high-level and international group of government leaders with the industry, research, academic, and civil society stakeholders to discuss, debate and examine how Europe is influencing the new AI world order.