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Austria AI Strategy Report

AI Strategy

In August 2017, the Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology established a Council on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (ACRAI). It consists of experts on robotics and artificial intelligence from research centres, academia and industry and it serves as an advisory board to provide recommendations about the current and future challenges and opportunities of AI. The council has been commissioned to help the Ministry to develop a national AI strategy in a two-year period. In November 2018, the Council published a white paper with policy recommendations on robotics and AI, covering policy areas related to smart governance, smart innovation and smart regulations.

In the meantime, the Austrian government has been very active in shaping policy initiatives for the future of AI in Austria. In October 2018, the government of Austria issued Artificial Intelligence Mission Austria 2030 (language: German) providing the first steps towards an official strategy for AI.

The report identifies seven priority areas in which to invest to foster the development of AI in Austria:

  • Qualification and training;
  • Research and innovation;
  • AI in the economy;
  • AI in the public sector;
  • Society, ethics and labour market;
  • AI governance, security and legal aspects;
  • Infrastructure for industrial leadership positions.

Based on this report, the Coordinated Plan for AI of the EC and the white paper of the Austrian Council for Robotics and AI, a wide process was set up to actively involve as many experts as possible from science, business, society and administration in the development of the national strategy. In a total of 14 workshops, not only fields of action but also possible options for policy actions were discussed, which were then discussed and consolidated by all participants at a stakeholder summit.

The results of these activities and additional comments from ACRAI were summarised in a report entitled "Summary of the results of the experts on the development of a strategic plan for artificial intelligence" and presented to the Council of Ministers in October 2019. These results will serve as a basis for the completion of a Federal Strategy for Artificial Intelligence in 2020.

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Reference

Austria (2019). Artificial Intelligence Mission Austria 2030: Die Zukunft der Künstlichen Intelligenz in Österreich gestalten. Shaping the Future of Artificial Intelligence in Austria. Ministry of Transport, Innovation,       and Technology, Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs. https://www.bmk.gv.at/themen/innovation/publikationen/ikt_/aimat.htm

Acknowledgements

This document has been prepared in the context of AI Watch and the OECD AI Policy Observatory.

AI Watch is the European Commission knowledge service to monitor the development, uptake and impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Europe, launched in December 2018.

The OECD AI Policy Observatory (OECD.AI) is an inclusive hub for public policy on AI. It aims to help countries encourage, nurture and monitor the responsible development of trustworthy AI systems for the benefit of society.

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