Through the collaboration, the governments of the US and EU expect to bolster AI research in five key areas, namely emergency response management, extreme weather and climate forecasting, electric grid optimisation, health and medicine improvements, and agriculture optimisation
The US and the European Union (EU) have signed an administrative agreement to advance research on artificial intelligence (AI), computing, and related privacy-protecting technologies.
The AI research agreement follows the US-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) commitment made in December 2022.
Through the collaboration, the governments of the US and the EU expect to bolster AI research in five key areas. These include emergency response management, extreme weather and climate forecasting, electric grid optimisation, health and medicine improvements, and agriculture optimisation.
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said: “Together, we are confident the results of our research will extend beyond our partnership to benefit additional international partners and the global science community.”
The agreement will also support the US and the EU’s aim to advance the world with open, free, reliable, and secure internet and digital technologies around the globe as outlined in the Declaration for the Future of the Internet (DFI).
The DFI was launched by the US along with 60 partners in April 2022.
A senior US administration official has been quoted by Reuters, as saying: “The magic here is in building joint models (while) leaving data where it is. The US data stays in the US and European data stays there, but we can build a model that talks to the European and the US data because the more data and the more diverse data, the better the model.”
As part of the new collaboration, all of the data would be combined into a common AI model that would deliver better outcomes for emergency managers, grid operators, and others who depend on AI to enhance systems, reported the news agency, citing the American administration official.
Currently, the collaboration is agreed upon only between the European Commission (EC), the executive arm of the 27-member EU, and the US. Other nations are expected to be invited to join the duo in the coming months.