From better health care to safer transport and more sustainable farming, artificial intelligence (AI) can bring major benefits to society and the economy. Yet, questions related to the impact of AI on the future of work and existing legislation are raised. According to the European Commission (EC), this calls for a wide, open, and inclusive discussion on how to use and develop AI both successfully and ethically sound. EC Vice President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip says, "Step by step, we are setting up the right environment for Europe to make the most of what artificial intelligence can offer. Data, supercomputers, and bold investment are essential for developing artificial intelligence, along with a broad public discussion combined with the respect of ethical principles for its take-up."
The European Commission has revised down its forecasts for growth in the euro zone and in Britain after the British vote to leave the European Union, in estimates unveiled by the economic affairs commissioner Pierre Moscovici. Britain will be hit harder after the June 23 vote to leave the European Union, the Commission forecast, predicting lower growth in 2016 and a possible recession next year. "ECFIN staff has prepared a first assessment of the near term impact of the situation, which is very close to what the IMP published last week. We expect the increased uncertainty to reduce UK GDP by 1 to 2½ percentage points by 2017 compared to the baseline scenario of remaining. And also in the EU, rest of the EU and the euro area, it will be about 0.2 and 0.5 percent," he told reporters after the first post-Brexit meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels.
The European Commission is launching an "in-depth" investigation into Apple's proposed acquisition of music recognition app Shazam. The Commission's primary concern is that Shazam would give Apple access to commercially sensitive data about the customers of its competitors in the European Economic Area. With that data, the Commission posits, Apple might be able to directly target its competitors' customers and lure them over to Apple Music. "As a result, competing music streaming services could be put at a competitive disadvantage," according to the EC press release. Meanwhile, the Commission is also looking into whether Apple Music's competitors would be harmed if Shazam only referred potential new customers back to Apple, rather than to Apple Music rivals like Spotify and Deezer.
Pisa, 11-16 July We are pleased to announce the launch of the first edition of the International Summer School on'The Regulation of Robotics in Europe: Ethical, Legal and Economic Implications', which will be held in Pisa (Tuscany, Italy) from 11th to 16th July, 2016. This unique initiative, funded by the European Commission through the Jean Monnet Program, stems from the successful experience of the RoboLaw project (www.robolaw.eu) For further information please click HERE Bruxelles, September 24th, 2014 RoboLaw enters the European Parliament RoboLaw project coordinator Prof. Erica Palmerini and RoboLaw researcher Dr. Andrea Bertolini have been invited to present a paper on the main findings of the RoboLaw project at the workshop'Upcoming issues of EU law', organised by the JURI Committee of the European Parliament. The paper presented, entitled'REGULATING ROBOTICS: A CHALLENGE FOR EUROPE' is available here Bruxelles, September 24th, 2014 RoboLaw meets NEERI at the European Commission Prof. Erica Plamerni and Dr. Andrea Bertolini will participate in a meeting with the coordinator and the researchers of NEERI - Neuro-Enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation, an FP7 project about human enhancement. The objective of the meeting is to discuss possible future collaborations and networking.
The Commission is proposing a three-pronged approach to increase public and private investment in AI, prepare for socio-economic changes, and ensure an appropriate ethical and legal framework. This follows European leaders' call for a European approach on AI. The EU (public and private sectors) should increase investments in AI research and innovation by at least EUR 20 billion between 2018 and the end of 2020, according to the Commission's official press release. To support these efforts, the Commission is increasing its investment to EUR 1.5 billion for the period 2018-2020 under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. This investment is expected to trigger an additional EUR 2.5 billion of funding from existing public-private partnerships, for example on big data and robotics.