The rise of artificial intelligence is dramatically shaping all aspects of human existence. From transport to health, in schools or at work, even – perhaps especially – in our homes and our daily lives, no aspect of society will be untouched in the age of AI. The automation of routine tasks may increase productivity but will also give rise to new market demands for labor, changing the types of skills workers need to succeed in a wide range of industries.
As governments across the world develop and put forth national AI strategies with specific recommendations about new technologies, work has begun at all levels across government, industry, and academia to decipher how these recommendations will be interpreted and implemented. From important financial investments promised by China, France, and the UK, to regulatory exploration in the EU and US, and an emphasis on public-private partnerships in Germany and Italy, few are the nations who are not engaged in efforts to better understand and adopt machine learning to the benefit their societies and economies.
In March 2018, POLITICO launched the inaugural AI Summit, the first global leadership gathering in Brussels entirely dedicated to issues at the intersection of innovation and governance, and the launching point for solutions-driven conversations between policymakers, scientists, innovators, industry representatives, startups and academics. Since then POLITICO has advanced the conversation about governance of new technologies both in Europe and the US through an AI & Governance newsletter, a series of stand-alone POLITICO AI roundtables in London, Paris and Berlin and an American edition in Washington, DC. And the Summit will be back in Brussels on March 18-19, 2019