Today marks a historic milestone in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and its applications, and of the relationship between the United States and the European Union, as the two entities have just signed a landmark agreement to explore how AI can be used to improve lives. After a synchronised virtual signing ceremony in Washington and Brussels, the US State Department and the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) have committed to the project to pursue common goals with collaboration in research and development for advancing AI for a positive impact that involves social benefit and civil society.
This collaboration is part of the US-EU Tech Bridges initiative launch back in July 2018. It aims to combat malicious cyber activity, facilitate data sharing and promote innovation and investment in information and communication technologies. The initiative is a step in the right direction for two of the global leaders in AI technology, as it provides a framework for how the two can work together to leverage the technology’s potential.
This agreement will mean more coordinated research and development on AI into the future, enabling more efficient and effective use of the technology to address global challenges and improve lives of citizens. With the US and EU leading the way with this coordination, it opens doors to further collaborations with other nations, creating a much more comprehensive network of AI knowledge sharing.
The signing of this agreement is a symbol of just how much can be accomplished when two of the world’s most advanced countries join forces, and could start a cascade of collaborations in the development of AI amongst nations. It is proof of a genuine commitment to making a positive difference for citizens and for the global community, and that is a truly monumental development.