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Europe moves to compete in global AI arms race

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Science  04 May 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6388, pp. 474
DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6388.474-a

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Europe is trying to catch up to the United States and China in an artificial intelligence (AI) arms race. The European Commission announced last week that it would devote €1.5 billion to AI research funding through 2020. It also said it would present ethical guidelines for AI development by the end of the year, suggesting that Europe could become a precautionary counterweight to its global rivals as fears are raised about a lack of fairness and transparency in the quickly advancing field. The commission says it will fund basic research as well as research that could be spun off into the market, and it intends to help member states set up joint research centers across Europe. It also plans to update rules to ease the reuse of public sector information—including available research data. Large data sets are critical for training AIs.