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28 May 2020

EU, ensure that AI makes us more sustainable, healthier, freer, and safer

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“Only responsible AI innovations lead to a sustainable future. Not only economic interests, but also ecological and societal values are important in this respect.” This is what the Rathenau Instituut writes in response to the European Commission's White Paper on Artificial Intelligence.

In short:

  • The European Commission asked for input on artificial intelligence.
  • The Rathenau Instituut advises to design AI innovations based on human rights and public values that contribute to societal challenges.
  • Because that's the only way AI can really help society move forward.

In February, the European Commission published its White Paper on Artificial Intelligence: a European approach to excellence and trust. Together with the publication, the European Commission asked for responses. The Rathenau Instituut has now sent a response.

In short, we advise to design AI innovations on the basis of human rights and public values. Solving societal challenges should be central. Society does not need AI gadgets, but innovations that make us more sustainable, healthier, freer, and safer.

The Rathenau Instituut gives seven recommendations in its response. These include: connect excellent research with responsible AI innovations, take international responsibility and take into account local differences, especially in the public sector.

Read the complete response: