Key figures in Europe’s AI community debated how policy can both protect patient data and stimulate research.
Can Europe lead the way in AI?
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The EU risks being left behind in AI, as it was in the social media revolution. This suggestion was made by Rony Medaglia, professor at Copenhagen Business School, at a workshop yesterday in Dubai (16 March), which showcased leading European healthcare AI projects as well as the EU’s approach to AI.
The block missed out on the innovations of social media and failed to play a leading role, a position held by North America and Asia, Medaglia argued, saying that now is the time for the EU to leverage its value-based approach.
“Europe is always the one that comes and gives fines to the ones who break trust,” he said. But it needs to be a player. “If you want to win the Champions’ League you cannot just be a referee.”
Other speakers included Karim Lekadir, professor at the University of Barcelona and project leader of EUCanImage, Federico Álvarez-Garcia, professor at Polytechnic University of Madrid and project leader of Genomed4all, Fosca Giannotti, from the University of Pisa, Isabell Tributsh, project manager at the University of Barcelona and Malavika Jayaram, executive director of the Digital Asia Hub. Gianluca Misuraca moderated the discussion, with Signe Daugbjerg, both from IntouchAI.eu.