POLITICO Establishes Global AI Forum for Business Leaders and Policymakers with Accenture as Founding Partner First in series of AI summits will take place on March 19-20, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium BRUSSELS; March 8, 2018 – POLITICO, with Accenture Applied Intelligence as the founding partner, is launching a global artificial intelligence (AI) forum to help business leaders and government policymakers understand the impact of AI innovation and to inform responsible use of AI. As AI-based decisions have an increasing impact on human lives, the initiative aims to empower decision-makers to build a framework for governance in pivotal and unchartered territory. The initiative will hold a series of AI summits and roundtables in multiple cities in Europe and the US. The first AI Summit will take place on March 19-20, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. Carlos Moedas, European Union Commissioner for Research Science and Innovation, and John Delaney, US Congressman and founder of the bipartisan AI Caucus, are two keynote participants of the event.
Welcome back to EURACTIV's Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. Jumping straight back into the EU's digital agenda for the coming mandate, we recently heard Greek MEP Eva Kaili's thoughts on the big issues for the next five years. She highlighted concerns that the EU's data protection framework, the GDPR, could obstruct AI development on the bloc, saying that "if Article 22 of the GDPR is applied to AI tools, automated decision-making systems would be faced with regulatory backstops aimed at safeguarding the rights of data subjects." Staying with Artificial Intelligence, EU defence ministers are convening in Helsinki this week to discuss, amongst other things, the intersections between Artificial Intelligence and Defence.
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The EU could temporarily ban the use of facial recognition technology in public places such as train stations, sport stadiums and shopping centres over fears about creeping surveillance of European citizens. A prohibition lasting between three and five years is seen as a way for Brussels to manage the risks said to be posed by the breakneck speed at which the software is being adopted. The option is contained in an early draft of a European commission white paper obtained by the news website Euractiv. The final version is due to be published in February as part of a wider overhaul of the regulation of artificial intelligence. The draft document points to the right under the General Data Protection Regulation for EU citizens "not to be subject of a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling."
The Scaffolded Sound Beehive is an immersive multi-media installation which provides viewers an artistic visual and audio experience of activities in a beehive. Data were recorded in urban beehives and processed using sophisticated pattern recognition, AI technologies, and sonification and computer graphics software. The installation includes an experiment in using Deep Learning to interpret the activities in the hive based on sound and microclimate recording.