Artificial Intelligence, a digital, industrial and societal revolution. AI Strategy for Europe

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      AI: A new digital approach

      For the first time in human history, Artificial Intelligence (AI) enables us to collect and process unfathomable amounts of information. More specifically, AI refers to systems that show intelligent behavior: by analyzing their environment they can perform various tasks with some degree of autonomy to achieve specific goals. Never before have we had the power to harness the movement and evolution of data without constant human supervision. This leap in technological capacity has left the biggest nations clamoring for a first-class ticket onboard this new trend in analytics. This technology is expected to take full advantage of the data collected by our personal devices and industrial sensors—however the way in which this will happen is still to be decided. As Europe stands on the forefront of human wellbeing and industrial prowess, the advantages from AI should be carefully and seriously considered. Although the United States of America (USA) and China may have already invested significant amounts of time and money into better understanding and deploying AI throughout their society, the European Union (EU) is not late to the party. In fact, through this edition of The European Files, one will find that the EU has particular advantages to support the Research and Development (R&D) of sustainable, ethical and impactful AI applications. The European Union (EU) is set to develop this important component for the future of industry and human development for the benefit of all its citizens. Unlike the USA or China, the EU is working to create a comprehensive strategy backed by intelligent investment, political foresight and dynamic enterprise. Throughout this issue, the potential of AI in a variety of sectors such as climate change, transportation and healthcare will be illuminated. Experts in this burgeoning technology sector as well as their political counterparts come together to outline a future in AI that is uniquely European and ultimately progressive.

      TABLE OF CONTENTS
      • Realizing the potential of artificial intelligence via an EU-wide AI plan
        Margarete Schramböck, Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, Austria
      • AI Strategy for Europe
        Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, European Commission
      • A moment to gain momentum – boosting European competitiveness with a joint strategy on Artificial Intelligence
        Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
      • AI technology systems, robotics and autonomous vehicles
        Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry and SME’s
      • Create an Artificial Intelligence eco-system for a digital transformation to ensure a better cooperation
        Boris Koprivnikar, Slovenian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration
      • The Finnish initiative on AI startups
        Mika Lintila, Minister of Economic Affairs, Finland
      • Financing AI in Europe
        Ambroise Fayolle, Vice President of the European Investment Bank
      • Artificial intelligence has to be the way forward for Europe
        Siim Sikkut, CIO, Government Office of Estonia
      • Advances in ai technologies will enable the industry to leverage rapid growth in the volume of data to optimize processes in real time
        Michal Boni, MEP (EPP Group), in charge the Digital Agenda for the EPP Group, Member of the LIBE Committee
      • Digitalisation and artificial intelligence in the electricity system
        Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission
      • TOTAL, a Global Energy Company, ahead in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
        Marie-Noëlle Semeria, CTO Total
      • Big data, IA, augmented intelligence: Building grids for the energy transition
        François Brottes, CEO of RTE
      • Consolidating europe’s ai strategy
        Pilar Del Castillo, MEP (EPP Group), Member of the ITRE Committee, Chair of the European Internet Forum
      • AI in the Water Industry: Framing the opportunity to foster acceptance
        Christian Blanc, Senior Vice President and President, Europe Commercial Team, Xylem Inc.
      • AI is a promising field for European Industries: focus on SME’s
        Dr. Andreas Schwab, MEP (EPP Group),Member of the IMCO Committee
      • Europe can take pole position in the global AI race – by focusing on our strengths
        Malte Lohan, Orgalime, the European Technology Industries, speaks for Europe’s mechanical engineering, electrical, electronics and metal technology industries
      • AI in industrial technologies – Europe’s hidden champions
        Peter Dröll, Director Industrial Technologies, DG RTD, European Commission
      • Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General, DG RTD, European Commission

      • AI to resource the EU
        Jean-Christophe Laissy, VEOLIA,Global Chief Information & Digital Officer
      • Paving the way for the digital economy of the future
        Anna maria Corazza Bildt, MEP, (EPP Group), Vice-Chair of the IMCO Committee, Rapporteur for the regulation for the free flow of non-personal data in the EU
      • The key element of AI to improve competitiveness in Europe
        Eva Maydell,, MEP (EPP Group), Member of the IMCO Committee
      • Artificial Intelligence: Optimizing Industrial Operations
        Thomas Hahn, Chief Software Expert Siemens AG Corporate Technology
      • Building a human-centric AI strategy in Europe
        Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director-General DIGITALEUROPE
      • Ensuring European leadership in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for industrial applications
        Alain Dedieu, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Industry Business, Schneider Electric
      • European and International Standards for the next digital revolution
        Elena Santiago, Director General, CEN-CENELEC
      • Artificial Intelligence: A “Game Changer” for Cyber Defence
        Guillaume Tissier, Managing Director of CEIS
      • Research projects on robotics and AI: Public-private partnerships and European funding prospects
        Eva Kaili, MEP (S&D Group), Member of the ITRE Committee
      • The legal status for robots has opened the public debate on liability
        Mady Delvaux-Stehres, MEP (S&D Group), Chair of Working Group on Robotics, European Parliament
      • Artificial intelligence and the right to informational self-determination
        Mathias Cellarius, Global Data Protection Officer; Head of Data Protection and Privacy Head of SAP Export Control
      • Spartacus or legal personality as a human right
        Evelyne Gebhardt, MEP (S&D Group) Vice-President European Parliament, Member of the IMCO Committee
      • Security and Privacy are paramount in IoT solutions
        Catherine Stihler, MEP (S&D Group), Vice-Chair Internal Market & Consumer Protection Committee
      • Artificial Intelligence Evokes Change in Society
        Henna Virkkunen, MEP (EPP Group), Member of the ITRE Committee
      • A world run by self-learning algorithms – where does that leave consumers?
        Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director General of BEUC
      • How AI is poised to transform healthcare
        Roberto Viola, Director General, DG Connect, European Commission
      • Ai for health applications
        Dr. Leo Kärkkäinen, Co-lead of Chief AI office of Nokia, Leader of deep learning research group in Nokia Bell Labs
      • Several AI technologies appear to be suitable for use in medical practices
        Silviu Busoi, MEP (EPP Group), Member of the ITRE Committee
      • Human-centered approach needed for an ai that delivers for citizens
        Dita Charanzova, MEP (ALDE group), Vice Chair Internal Market & Consumer Protection Committee