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About AI Watch

Policy Context

The European Commission puts forward a European approach to artificial intelligence and robotics. It deals with technological, ethical, legal and socio-economic aspects to boost EU's research and industrial capacity and to put AI at the service of European citizens and economy.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become an area of strategic importance and a key driver of economic development. It can bring solutions to many societal challenges from treating diseases to minimising the environmental impact of farming. However, socio-economic, legal and ethical impacts have to be carefully addressed.

It is essential to join forces in the European Union to stay at the forefront of this technological revolution, to ensure competitiveness and to shape the conditions for its development and use (ensuring respect of European values).

A European approach to Artificial Intelligence

As part of its Digital Single Market Strategy, in April 2018, the European Commission put forward a European approach to Artificial Intelligence in its communication Artificial Intelligence for Europe”, (COM (2018) 237.

The communication is based on three pillars:

  • Being ahead of technological developments and encouraging uptake by the public and private sectors
  • Prepare for socio-economic changes brought about by AI
  • Ensure an appropriate ethical and legal framework

Subsequently, on 7th December 2018, the European Commission and the Member States published a Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence”, COM(2018) 795 on the development of AI in the EU.

AI Watch

The Coordinated Plan foresees that “in the course of next year, Member States and the Commission will also agree on common indicators to monitor AI uptake and development in the Union and the success rate of the strategies in place, with the support of the AI Watch developed by the European Commission. “

“To assess impacts, in 2019 Member States and the Commission will identify relevant investment parameters and comparable benchmarks for uptake so as to achieve common targets. Progress will be monitored annually.”

AI Watch will monitor and assess European AI landscapes from driving forces to technology developments, from research to market, from data ecosystems to applications.  

AI Watch will monitor the implementation of the Coordinated Plan including strategies and investment.

From these in-depth analyses, we will be able to understand better Europe’s areas of strength and areas where investment is needed to boost AI in in Europe.

AI has a wide range of potential economic and social implications including new forms of economy and governance. AI Watch will provide an independent assessment of the impacts and benefits of AI on growth, jobs, education, and society.

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Contact us:EC-AI-WATCH@ec.europa.eu