Scientific article: The age of Artificial Intelligence towards a European Strategy for human-centric machines
Journal of Economy and Management
ISSN 2083-963X No 3/2018
In the words of the late Stephen Hawking, ‘AI [Artificial Intelligence] could be the biggest event in the history of our civilisation. Or the worst. We just don’t know.’ As the world stands at the cusp of this transformative technology, much is at stake. Deployed wisely, AI holds the promise of addressing some of the world’s most intractable challenges, from climate change and poverty to disease. Used in bad faith, it can lead the world on a downward spiral of totalitarianism and war, endangering – according to Hawking – the very survival of humankind itself. Finding a policy response to what is undoubtedly ‘the next big thing’ is both urgent and challenging. Europe needs an ambitious and rapid deployment strategy, covering both business and public administration. This must go hand in hand with a world-class research and science strategy, as well as an international drive to claim its stake in what is for now a heated race be-tween the United States and China for global dominance. In addition to creating an enabling environment for AI, Europe must use its widely recognised values and principles to build global regulatory norms and frameworks that ensure a human-centric and ethical development of this technology.
The age of Artificial Intelligence towards a European Strategy for human-centric machines