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“KI-Forschung: Miteinander statt gegeneinander?”, Tagesspiegel, 11 February 2020

“European researchers look beyond deep learning”, E&T, 28 January 2020

“UK and EU AI communities will only be globally significant if they work as one”, Computer Weekly, 22 January 2020

“CLAIRE – the World’s largest Network for AI Research”, 20 December 2019

“European AI labs link up to exploit synergies”, DataIQ, 18 December 2019

“World’s Largest AI Research Network CLAIRE Opens Headquarters in The Hague”, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), 16 December 2019


 

Highlights

 

Warning over brain drain of European AI talent to industry

Figures in Elsevier report on AI research landscape are ‘a call to action’

Times Higher Education, 11 December 2018

(…) “European countries need to urgently improve conditions for researchers working in artificial intelligence to stem a brain drain of talent moving from academia to industry, sector leaders have said.” (…)

(…)  “Holger Hoos, professor of machine learning at Leiden University, said that he was “deeply concerned” by the brain drain of researchers from European universities, which he said was “progressing at an alarming rate”.

He has co-launched an initiative called CLAIRE, which already has the support of around 1,400 AI experts. It aims to strengthen pan-European cooperation on AI and hopes to establish a central state-of-the-art AI hub similar in scale to the Cern physics lab in Switzerland.

“We need a massive pan-European effort to coordinate and support excellence in AI research and innovation – an effort that generously supports the very best talent in the field and that matches expertise between academia and industry,” Professor Hoos said.” (…)

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UK and EU AI communities will only be globally significant if they work as one

The European Union and the UK will be left behind in artificial intelligence research and development if they take separate paths after Brexit

Computer Weekly, 22 January 2020

(…) Asked whether the UK AI community will play a role in the organisation after Brexit, [Holger] Hoos said: “You bet, at least if we have anything to say about it.” (…)

(…) “[Hoos said:] “We made it very clear that no matter what happens with Brexit and the relationship between the EU and the UK, in AI we should work together.”

The EU and the UK will have to work closely together if they are to have any significance in global AI developments, said Hoos. The US and China are the biggest players, but there is an opportunity for another region to set a new path, he added. “China and the US are very different to each other and different to Europe in how AI is seen going forward.” (…)

“We want to help ensure that Europe can play a leading role in AI research and innovation,” [Hoos] said. “We believe, as many do, that AI is a very important set of technologies going forward, not only for economic prosperity, but for the benefit of society. We therefore think it is very important that Europe as a geographic region is doing the right thing with AI in order to remain competitive and do the right thing for European citizens.”

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How Europe can improve the development of AI

Its real clout comes from its power to set standard

The Economist, 20 September 2018

(…) “To be successful in the global push for AI, Europe needs to stand united; weakly coordinated national AI initiatives are insufficient to compete globally.” (…)

(…) “to become a powerhouse in AI, Europe will have to overcome its divisions, digital and otherwise” (…)

See also CLAIRE’s brief memorandum, “Memo on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Europe: Funding and Positioning“, created after the prominent coverage on AI in Europe in the Economist.

This memo is intended for decision makers at the national and EU levels, and addresses the 5 main points of the Economist articles “Can the EU become another AI superpower?” and “How Europe can improve the development of AI”:

  1. To be successful in the global push for AI, Europe needs to stand united; weakly coordinated national AI initiatives are insufficient to compete globally.
  2. Artificial intelligence is fundamentally important
  3. Artificial intelligence requires both machine reasoning and machine learning
  4. Europe needs a central AI hub
  5. Europe has a potential comparative advantage

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Over 2,000 European AI experts join hands to challenge US, China in artificial intelligence

More than 2,000 researchers join forces to urge EU to help continent build ‘Google-style’ infrastructure as counterweight to the two leading AI players

South China Morning Post, 21 September 2018

(…) “[Philipp Slusallek] said one of the main goals of [CLAIRE] was to nurture AI talent and retain it in Europe. This could be accomplished by setting up dedicated AI research and development centres throughout the continent, which would provide “Google-scale” infrastructure such as computing power and data centres, he said.” (…)

(…) “In recent years some major exponents of the field such as Yann LeCun, founder of Facebook’s AI Research lab, and Google Brain’s Geoffrey Hinton were born and educated in European countries but moved to North America to continue their work.” (…)


(…) “Europe spent about US$4 billion on AI research in 2016 while China spent US$7 billion, according to a report by McKinsey Global Institute last year. But this was dwarfed by the figure for North America which was estimated to be about US$23 billion.” (…)


 

Coverage of CLAIRE Launch (June 2018)

 

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 18 June 2018 – Front page article.

One of the most prominent and widely read daily newspapers in Germany.

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The NOS 20:00 Evening News and corresponding article, 18 June 2018.

NOS is one of the main public TV stations in the Netherlands. 

The article starts at 4:50, in Dutch, but Holger Hoos is interviewed in English from 5:45.

                         

Austria:

“Demokratisch legitimierte digitale Infrastruktur”, Economy Austria, 03 August 2018

“Offener Brief: KI-Forscher machen Politik Druck “, Factory, 19 June 2018

 

Belgium:

“600 AI-onderzoekers vragen Europa om in actie te schieten”, DataNews (in Dutch), 19 June 2018 

“600 chercheurs en AI demandent à l’Europe de passer à l’action”, DataNews (in French), 19 June 2018 

“Roep voor Europees AI-instituut zwelt aan”, De Tijd, 18 June 2018 

“Waarom AI-wetenschappers aan de alarmbel trekken”, VRT NWS, 18 June 2018 

 

China:

“Over 2,000 European AI experts join hands to challenge US, China in artificial intelligence”, South China Morning Post, 21 September 2018

 

France:

“CLAIRE : l’appel à une action européenne en matière d’intelligence artificielle continue de prendre de l’ampleur”, ActuIA, 4 July 2018:

 

Germany:

“KI-Forschung: Miteinander statt gegeneinander?”, Tagesspiegel, 11 February 2020

“Europe’s largest initiative for excellence in human-centred artificial intelligence opens its headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands”, Convention International, 10 December 2019

“Künstliche Intelligenz: Europa hat enormen Nachholbedarf “, CANCOM, 22 February 2019

“Ein europäisches CERN für die Künstliche Intelligenz”, Luxemburger Wort, 03 January 2019

“Maschinen nach menschlichem Vorbild”, Luxemburger Wort, 31 August 2018

“CLAIRE soll die Erforschung der künstlichen Intelligenz in Europa fördern“, University of Münster, 21 June 2018

“Ein CERN für Künstliche Intelligenz?”, Physik Journal, 20 June 2018

“600 Experten für Künstliche Intelligenz unterzeichnen Aufruf für europäische Initiative”, German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, 18 June 2018 

“Europäisches KI-Bündnis: 600 Experten fordern größere Anstrengungen”, Heise, 18 June 2018 

“Neues Forschungsbündnis soll künstliche Intelligenz in Europa voranbringen”, Handelsblatt, 18 June 2018 

“Europäische KI-Experten gründen das Bündnis Claire.”, Turi2, 17 June 2018: 

 

Hungary:

“Mesterséges intelligencia – összefogást sürgetnek az európai kutatók”, SG.hu, 19 June 2018

 

Italy:

“Intelligenza artificiale, progetto CLAIRE arriva a Roma: riunirà oltre 250 gruppi di ricerca in Europa”, Blitz Quotidiano, 21 March 2019

“Taranto, la Regione si candida per il «Cern dell’intelligenza artificiale»,” La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, 28 January 2019

“Intelligenza artificiale, ecco Claire il laboratório che si ispira al Cern. Il papà della robótica: “Serbatoio di eccellenze””, Il Fatto Quotidiano, 23 January 2019

“Appello per un Cern dell’intelligenza artificiale in Europa”, Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata, 02 July 2018 

“Claire, il “Cern” europeo dell’Intelligenza Artificiale che proverà a sfidare Usa e Cina”, Start Magazine, 21 June 2018 

 

The Netherlands:

“World’s Largest AI Research Network CLAIRE Opens Headquarters in The Hague”, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), 16 December 2019

“European AI research network Claire opens HQ in The Hague”, Bits&Chips, 16 December 2019

“AI research network Claire opens headquarters in the Hague”, Telecompaper, 12 December 2019

“Major steps towards realising a bold vision for European Excellence in AI”, Leiden University, 15 March 2019

Waarom we onze kaarten op kunstmatige intelligentie moeten zetten“, VNO-NCW,  February 2019

“The problem for AI in Europe is not the money it is finding talent”, Medium, 11 September 2018

“Nederland kampt met braindrain in artificiële intelligentie”, NRC Handelsblad, 27 August 2018 

“Topwetenschappers: ‘Europa moet investeren in onderwijs en onderzoek rond AI'”, Dutch IT-channel, 19 June 2018 

“Europees lab nodig om controle te houden over kunstmatige intelligentie”, NOS, 18 June 2018: 

“Europa verliest de slag op gebied van kunstmatige intelligentie”, Leiden University, 18 June 2018 

“Kunstmatige intelligentie: Europa dreigt slag om de toekomst te verliezen “, NPO Radio 1, 18 June 2018 

“Talent kunstmatige intelligentie ontvlucht Europa”, AG Connect, 18 June 2018 

 

Norway:

“CLAIRE – the World’s largest Network for AI Research”, 20 December 2019

“600 eksperter i kunstig intelligens signerer opprop om europeisk handling”, ITBaktuelt, 20 June 2018: 

“OsloMet vil ha Norge med i kunstig intelligens-utviklingen”, Khrono, 19 June 2018 

 

Spain:

“La falta de coordinación deja a Europa a la cola de la carrera por la IA”, MIT Technology Review, 26 November 2018

“Un millar de expertos piden a la Unión Europea más fondos para I+D en Inteligencia Artificial”, MuyComputerPRO, 21 June 2018 

“Un millar expertos piden mas recursos para I+D en inteligencia artificial UE”, La Vanguardia, 20 June 2018 

“Un millar expertos piden mas recursos para I+D en inteligencia artificial UE”, EFE Futuro, 20 June 2018: 

“Europa no puede quedarse atrás en inteligencia artificial”, El País, 19 June 2018 

“600 expertos europeos reclaman un proyecto común para la inteligencia artificial”, Computerworld, 19 June 2018 

 

Sweden:

“Europa måste satsa på AI menar toppforskare”, Umeå University, 20 August 2018 

 

United Kingdom:

“UK and EU AI communities will only be globally significant if they work as one”, Computer Weekly, 22 January 2020

“European AI labs link up to exploit synergies”, DataIQ, 18 December 2019

“Human-centred AI initiative opens its headquarters”, Electronics Specifier, 11 December 2019

“Europe’s largest initiative for excellence in human-centered artificial intelligence opens its headquarters in The Hague”, TechRound, 11 December 2019

“World’s largest AI research network opens in The Hague”, National Technology, 10 December 2019

“Europe ‘losing ground’ to US and China on AI research”, Times Higher Education, 9 May 2019

“How Europe can improve the development of AI”, The Economist, 20 September 2018

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