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The rise of Virtual Personal Assistants

The improvements in AI technologies have led to the development of new products, notably VPA, which can now display relatively high accuracy. Internet giants are leading the pack, leveraging their technological expertise, with direct R&D investments, start-ups acquisitions, and access to their own processing infrastructure. These players have notably popularized VPA among their customer base and their devices (smartphones or dedicating speaker) with no clear competitor in sight.

Biometric technologies: a key enabler for future digital services

Biometric technologies refer to all processes used to recognize, authenticate and identify persons based on physical and/or behavioral characteristics. The global biometrics market is growing at a fast pace, initially due to the need to combat the rising security challenges. Today, with fingerprint and facial recognition applications dripping down to consumer market through smartphones, broader applications of biometrics will be highly expected for the future digital world.

Blockchain

Emerging from the world of crypto-currencies, Blockchain appeared as a new class of IT infrastructure with numerous applications in the financial sector but also in many other domains. It is a secure way to share digital information that reduces the need for intermediaries and regulatory authorities. This raises several challenges, particularly regarding Blockchain’s ability to disrupt ecosystems, its legal acceptability and other risks linked with its use in financially speculative activities.   

Augmented and Virtual Reality

Rapid technological progress in the areas of hardware miniaturization and processing power is enabling the development of compelling devices that allow users to experience new “kinds” of realities. The potential applications of these new interfaces are huge, and major players including Google, Apple and Facebook are investing vast resources in pursuit of the ultimate future reality platform. However, doubts remain about the widespread adoption of such devices in light of ongoing technical and integratory challenges.

AI Policy Seminar: Towards an EU strategic plan for AI

On 29 November 2017, the European Commission organised an interactive Policy Seminar on Artificial Intelligence in Brussels, attended by over a hundred participants. The seminar was an opportunity for AI experts from businesses, public bodies and renowned research institutes to share their visions and discuss policy recommendations to support the creation of a strong European AI industry. This report presents the key points and priorities raised during the Seminar.

Overview of current action of DG GROW on Artificial intelligence

Lecture by Dana Eleftheriadou, Policy Coordinator for Digital Transformation, Directorate‑General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Overview of current action of DG CONNECT on Artificial intelligence

Lecture by Anne Bajart, Head of Sector for Robotics Industrial Development and Impact, Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

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