2,000+ AI Experts Call for European Competitiveness

The Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe (CLAIRE) met for the first time in Brussels last week.

The group will focus on research and lobbying, attempting to help Europe keep pace with China and America in the AI sector.

Scientific Director Philipp Slusallek said: “There is a lot of investment in China and the US into AI. Europe got a little bit lagged behind.”

“Europe has a very strong tradition in AI and was also among the leaders in AI in the past.”

Spend on AI research was lower in Europe than in the US or China last year. Europe spent approximately $4 billion, while the US spent $23 billion and China spent $7 billion.

AI could boost the European economy by as much as 10% ($2.5 trillion) by 2030, according to PwC.

The figure is a fraction of the $15.8 trillion that the technology may add to the global economy over the same time period.

Top EU scientists called for the establishment of The European Lab for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) in April.

Dating brands happn and Tantan have both pledged to move with the times. Didier Rappaport, CEO of happn, says the app will “massively implement” AI.

Tantan Chief Executive Yu Wang praised the massive potential of algorithms at RISE Hong Kong 2018, saying: “(…) there is huge room for improvement to a point where as our users swipe more, they see pictures more suitable to their tastes.”

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