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EU cannot forget its values while developing artificial intelligence, say EU policymakers

The first stakeholders' summit on artificial intelligence, organized by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Commission on 18 June in Brussels, stressed that the EU needs to ensure that artificial intelligence is safe, unbiased and in line with European values.

"Artificial intelligence is a technology which does not have to overcome and overwhelm us," said Catelijne Muller (L in photograph), president of the EESC Thematic Study Group on Artificial Intelligence, adding that humans should stay in command of artificial intelligence. 

Mariya Gabriel (C in photograph), EU Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society addressed the Commission's efforts to launch coordinated action on artificial intelligence, calling it "a strong political priority." The Commission is aiming to raise EUR 20 billion in public and private investment in artificial intelligence by 2020 and EUR 20 billion per year over the following decade.

Mady Delvaux, EP rapporteur on artificial intelligence, drew attention to the challenge of accessibility, saying that Europe needs to successfully share out the wealth generated by artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence is one of the main political priorities of the EESC's current presidency. As stressed by Ariane Rodert (R in photograph), president of the section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption, the EESC is working on two new opinions dealing with artificial intelligence. (ia)

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