The United States and European Union announced a first-of-its-kind agreement on artificial intelligence (AI). The new agreement says the US and EU will speed up and enhance the use of artificial intelligence to improve agriculture, healthcare, emergency response, climate forecasting, and the electric grid.
Washington and Brussels signed the agreement on Friday. It comes at a crucial time for EU regulatory efforts on emerging technology.
A senior U.S. administration official called it the first sweeping AI agreement between the United States and Europe.
Previously, agreements on the issue had been limited to specific areas such as enhancing privacy.
The two blocs endorsed a joint roadmap for reaching a common approach to critical aspects of this emerging technology, such as metrics to measure trustworthiness and risk management methods.
Building on the AI roadmap, the US and EU executive branches are stepping up their collaboration to identify and develop AI research that has the potential to address global and societal challenges like climate change and natural disasters.
Five priority areas were specifically identified: extreme weather and climate forecasting, emergency response management, health and medicine improvements, electric grid optimization, and agriculture optimization.
The two partners will build joint AI models.
AI modeling refers to machine-learning algorithms that use data to make logical decisions. It could be used to improve the speed and efficiency of government operations and services. The agreement keeps data where it is — The US data stays in the U.S. and European data stays in Europe.
It means the countries can build a model that talks to the European and the US data providing not only more data but also more diverse data, making better models.
The initiative will give governments greater access to more detailed and data-rich AI models, leading to more efficient emergency responses and electric grid management, and other benefits.