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POLICY | 09 March 2021

Artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, refers to technologies capable of analysing their environment and taking autonomous actions respecting pre-defined values.

Why is AI important for you?

Science fiction books and films have for a long time fuelled our imagination and curiosity about artificial intelligence. However, we have come a long way since the times when these imaginary smart robots induced fear of the end for humanity.

Nowadays we know that AI is here to facilitate our life. And, most importantly, that we are and will remain in full control. Today AI is becoming much more practical and functional for our daily lives. It is everywhere from different apps on your phone and filters that move spam emails from your inbox to systems helping different sectors organise their data. So, you can think about AI in the same way you already think about electricity: an essential tool that is powering technology, innovation and science. But since it is also learning on its own, we must make sure we teach it well to make it respect our values.

Therefore in the European Commission we want to make sure AI used in Europe is rooted in trust and excellence and that all development and use is focused on us, human beings, and is consistent with our values and benefits our society. At the same time, it is important to make sure Europe becomes a hub for cutting-edge AI development and create a level-playing field across all Member States so that Europe can demonstrate an ethical, human-centric approach to AI.

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