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Europe is lagging behind in artificial intelligence

While the US and China lead the race to dominate the field of artificial intelligence (AI), Europe is sadly lagging behind.

A new project will bring together European forces that will eventually be able to compete with the two great powers to attract and develop innovative companies and skills in artificial intelligence.

It can improve people's quality of life and contribute enormous benefits to the economy, including through a better health sector, more efficient public administration, safer and smarter transport,  more competitive industry and more sustainable agriculture.

In short, artificial intelligence has the potential to have an astronomical influence on our society.

"Artificial intelligence will ultimately come to dominate the labor market, and for that reason it is extremely important that Europe secures its position in the field for the future," says Rasmus Hasle, who is a professional manager at the Danish Technological Institute (DTI).

Together with 29 other European Digital Innovation Hubs, DTI has been selected for a new European project which will help with the task of strengthening Europe's network of technology and AI experts -- and not least put it into use.

Regional centers will be created across Europe where companies can receive advice and help from experts in the artificial intelligence field.

We must reap the rewards of our technology
"The project is one of the many EU initiatives launched to push Europe up in the artificial intelligence field", says Rasmus Hasle. "The EU has realized that, if Europe does not provide a response to the US and China's dominance in the area, then we lose influence, thereby losing jobs and experts.

In Europe, we are skilled at educating people within AI, and many of the major AI successes have been created in Europe -- but we have a hard time keeping hold of the competences because the US draws resources to itself either by hiring the experts or through direct acquisition of technology companies. Therefore we do not reap the rewards of our technological expertise, and EU-created technology disappears from Europe", he states.

The goal of the project, launched at a recent kickoff meeting in Rome, is that at least ten Digital Innovation Hubs sign an agreement to collaborate on the practical application of AI in commercial settings.

The EU is investing € 2.5 billion -- approximately 18.75 billion kroner -- for research and development within AI during 2021-2027, which shows how important an area AI is for Europe.

The project is managed by the European Commission, PwC, CARSA and Innovalia. You can read more about the project on the EU Commission's website.

In the video below you can see an example of how artificial intelligence combined with robot technology can change the way we sort our waste -- and protect the environment and employees.