We have always considered technology as a disruptor of our economies and societies. However, as we reach the end of a turbulent year, it is clear that technology has been one of the few stabilising forces. Indeed, we found that many of our problems had technological solutions. AI was one such solution, and the uptake of AI grew rapidly both in research and the industrial sector.

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Since 2018, those of us in the European AI Alliance have worked to prompt citizens and business to make the most of AI while minimising the potential risks of its use. We aimed to democratise the policymaking process on AI and to build a common approach. With a legislative proposal coming up next year, we need to keep on working together to make AI comprehensive and trustworthy for all and bring Europe at the forefront of this technology.

It is my pleasure to share with you:

  1. A summary report from the public consultation on our approach, presented in a White Paper with the views of citizens and stakeholders;

  2. A summary report from the 2nd European AI Alliance Assembly, that brought this approach forward and has now become a point of reference in international policymaking for AI.

In the following paragraphs, you will find the main milestones of our work.

Trustworthy AI: Our joint policy reflection

Over the past two and a half years, we have achieved many milestones in our joint policy reflection in the AI Alliance. These include:

The best practices section of the AI Alliance still welcomes suggestions, experiences and questions during the use of the assessment list.

Excellence and Trust on AI: Our way forward

This new vision on Excellence and Trust in Artificial Intelligence initiated a new round of exchanges with our AI community in the form of a Public Consultation launched along with the White Paper on AI.

We received over 1250 contributions through the online questionnaire and communication channels of the AI Alliance. Additionally, we held meetings and round tables with AI experts to enrich our vision.

We are currently updating our coordinated plan with the EU member states. The updated document will be presented during the first quarter of 2021.

From the legislative point of view, fundamental rights and security are the main concerns.  The majority of respondents believe new legislation or enforcement practices are needed. However, European industry want these rules to be balanced and innovation friendly. Our goal is to find this balance.

Pie chart showing whether concerns can be addressed by legislation: 2.9% think legislation is fully sufficient; 32.5% think there are gaps; 42% want new legislation; 18.4% thought another option best; 4.1% had no opinion

Relaunching the discussion

Our legislative proposal will come in the first quarter of 2021. In the meantime we would like to prepare our citizens, the AI community and other stakeholders to best understand these upcoming documents, have an informed and critical viewpoint on them and be well prepared for the new social, legal and economic processes that they will entail. To do that, we need again the input of the European AI Alliance.

In the summary report of our second Assembly, you will find all the key points of the discussions while the recordings from the event are already online on the events webpage. And, we have planned a series of blog-posts where experts will aim to discuss with the community specific concepts such as "AI transparency" or "AI explainability".

At the European Commission, we look forward to start together with you this new chapter of the AI Alliance.

What are the topics that you would like to see discussed in the following months?

Please do not hesitate to share your ideas on the forum, and if you have blog suggestions, contact us on cnect-ai-alliance@ec.europa.eu

If you are not a member of the AI Alliance yet, you can join by using an EU login account - more info on the European AI Alliance policy page

View a more detailed version of this blog post. 

Thanking you for all your support over the years, we wish a happy and healthy holiday season to you and your loved ones.