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Spain has approved funding to establish the EU’s first ‘Supervisory Agency of AI’, responsible for the implementation of the national AI strategy as well as for relevant parts of the upcoming regulatory framework on AI within the EU. 

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European Parliament’s AIDA committee met last Thursday, discussing amendments to the draft report on AI in the Digital Age and agreed to work on a ‘comprehensive AI roadmap’ until 2030.

One of the most renowned European researchers on AI, Jürgen Schmidhuber, has decided to leave his post in Switzerland to
work on AI in Saudi Arabia.

Policy, Strategy and Regulation

Pilot partners for the UK's AI Standards Hub announced

The UK has announced that the Alan Turing Institute, supported by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), will be leading the pilot of the AI Standards Hub. This comes as part of the country’s wider National AI Strategy and CEDI roadmap to an effective AI assurance ecosystem (covered in this EuropeanAI newsletter). The Hub has been created to improve AI global governance, support pro-innovation regulation, and drive increased investment and job creation in the UK. In its pilot phase, the AI Standards Hub will grow UK engagement for international AI standards development by creating tools and guidance for users, bringing together the AI community, and acting as a repository for accessible information.

Notes in the Margins: While the EU is working on its AI regulation, where existing and future AI standards are likely to play a large role shaping what it means to adhere to the proposed conformity assessment, the UK is jumping ahead aiming directly at developing those AI standards. This might be one strategic angle by which the UK positions itself vis-a-vis the EU’s AI governance approach and is able to continue shaping ongoing discussions.

China's new AI governance initiatives
by Matt Sheehan

The Chinese government bureaucracy spent late 2021 rolling out a wide array of AI governance policies and frameworks. This piece breaks down that burst of activity into three central approaches to AI governance, each pushed by a different part of the Chinese bureaucracy, that will compete and complement each other to form the foundation of Chinese AI governance going forward.

While China operates in a dramatically different political environment than the EU, some of these approaches touch on issues of shared concern, such as algorithmic transparency for users, or testing and certification for the deployment of high-stakes AI systems. In these areas, Chinese companies, labs and bureaucracies will be running some of the world’s largest scale experiments in methods of AI regulation. The results of those experiments will be important to follow for anyone hoping to compete with China, or tackle similar problems.

Ecosystem

MoU signed on open access to medical AI resources

The European AI network CLAIRE and the HippoAI Foundation have co-signed a Memorandum of Understanding that establishes joint activities focused on open access to medical AI resources. This provides for mutual support for projects with shared interests, the joint funding of shared research and development projects, and coordination of messaging to European policy markers on AI, data, and health issues. The collaboration plans to increase the availability of global data and AI commons for the medical sector which does not compromise data privacy. 

Notes in the margins: This development is relevant in light of the 2021 review of the EU’s
Coordinated Plan on AI (the EU's AI strategy involving all member states). Therein healthcare and AI play a crucial role. Some of the ambitions are: that new testing and experimentation facilities for AI in healthcare should be established, that citizens from all member states should be able to share their healthcare data with a provider and authority of their choice by 2025, and, related to the above mentioned MoU, that more work needs to be undertaken to deploy a solid EU-wide infrastructure to safely exchange healthcare data and make it accessible for policymaking, research and for regulatory purposes.

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

Applications open for Maltese 'AI Applied Research Grant'

The Maltese government has launched The AI Applied Research Grant. This fund makes €125,000 available for AI research and a single project can receive up to €25,000. Applications for this fund close on the 31st of March. This is following the publication of a national AI Strategy (covered in this EuropeanAI Newsletter), where the country declared its ambition to be the “ultimate AI launchpad”, and to position itself as a global testing bed for the piloting of AI research projects.
 

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Ben Gilburt  co-wrote this edition. Rebecca Sokolov provides research and editorial support.
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