On the occasion of AER 2017 Autumn Plenaries, Committee 1 will host a debate on Artificial Intelligence. Proposed by Jean-Luc Vanraes, President of the AER Committee on Regional Developpement and Economy, the debate will aim to capture needs, challenges and remarquable practices from the regions. This will help to prepare the “Artificial intelligence: are regions up to the challenge?” event hosted by Brussels capital on 30 November.
After e-everything comes #AI
The AER Committee on Economy and Regional Development is a space for exchange of experiences where members discuss policy innovation and engage in interregional cooperation. The cooperation with the AER Committee on Social Policy and Public health, which has been working on e-health for over 10 years led to a joint stakeholder mapping for the development of health innovation ecosystems and in december 2015 the organisation of a multistakeholder event “E-health: let’s find a common language“. This event brought together regional policy makers, SMEs, universities, NGOs to explore challenges and share experience about barriers and enablers for the deployment of e-health.
Topics discussed ranged from innovation procurement to stakeholder engagement and the connection between universities and the industry. But innovation goes fast and discussing e-health and the digitalisation of most policy areas without looking at artificial intelligence would simply not be fair.
#AI, why all this fuzz?
The 2016 OECD Technology Foresight report on AI reveals that “a number of leading artificial intelligence experts warn that the likely impact of artificial intelligence in the years ahead is still underappreciated by policymakers and the public at large”.
This is why AER is organising the “Artificial intelligence: are regions up to the challenge?” event on 30 November. The event will bring together experts from all fields, we’ll hear about state of the art technologies, new perspectives. But here’s the deal: AER is not just organising nice events, we care about mutual learning. AER is all about experience exchange, policy learning, territorial innovation.
To prepare for this event we want to ensure discussions will actually answer regional needs. Discussions should provide valuable inputs for policy makers from across Europe. This is why we’re organising a debate this wednesday 13 September in Nancy. We’re interested to hear about regional outstanding examples, companies that make your region thrive, the stakeholders which are true changemakers, but also the failures you wish you’d not been through. Be bold, share your experience, your worries and hopes!
Photo of Pepper, the first humanoid robot capable of recognising the principal human emotions and adapting his behaviour to the mood of his interlocutor, mostly used in E-health. By Alex Knight on Unsplash