European States agreed on Tuesday at Digital Day in Brussels that they need to come up with a joint strategy to control smart robots, noting that artificial intelligence has boundless possibilities, but also risks. After a first Digital Day in Rome last year, the European Commission repeated the experience on Tuesday in Brussels. Political officials as well as representatives of industry, academia and civil society met in the Belgian capital to boost cooperation in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Biochain Technology and eHealth.
Technology is continually evolving and the European Union would like to stay in the race and remain competitive. However, it wants to prevent any misuse of smart technology or the illegal sharing of personal information.
Speaking at Tuesday’s meeting, the European Commissioner for Digital Technology and Society, Mariya Gabriel, noted that successful digital actors are those that grow rapidly and operate globally. The EU’s main competitors such as China and the United States, she said, are engaged in considerable efforts to master and roll out the latest digital solutions as widely as possible.
Europe cannot prosper with a fragmented and undersized effort, particularly in a certain number of critical areas, Gabriel stressed, adding that it was essential to act on an adequate scale. Noting that Europe needed to tackle the digital challenge collectively if it wished to succeed, she emphasized that the next multiannual financial framework should provide sufficient resources.
By the end of April, the European Commission will propose a strategy that includes specific rules to determine liability in the event of problems with robots equipped with artificial intelligence.