EU and US sign an Administrative Arrangement on Artificial Intelligence and computing to address global challenges for the public good in the fields of climate change, natural disasters, healthcare, energy, and agriculture.
The agreement builds upon the principles expressed in the Declaration for the Future of the Internet and the shared interests and values of using emerging digital technologies to address global challenges. The agreement will be implemented by relevant US and EU institutions and agencies working in this area.
Increased collaboration on research will help identify and further develop promising AI research results that have the potential for broad societal benefits in areas ranging from climate change, natural disasters, health and medicine, electric grid optimisation to agriculture.
Extreme weather and natural disasters such as floods or fires are becoming more common and destructive across the globe and AI will play an increasingly important role in prediction and simulation, which will help disaster preparedness and emergency response. AI research and computing also have the potential to greatly improve crop yields, efficiency, and sustainability thanks to analysis and modelling of natural conditions such as soil and atmospheric conditions, bird and insect trends, as well as planting, irrigation, pesticide, and fertilizer use and harvesting cycles. AI is already boosting medical research, diagnostics, and treatment and while the recent pandemic has reinforced the need for a truly global approach, it has also highlighted the divide between countries.
Most importantly, to reduce this divide, this agreement will also aim to share findings and resources with international partners that share common values but lack relevant capabilities to help them manage such emergencies and challenges.
Source: European Commission