Generative artificial intelligence (AI) has accelerated discussions around the transformative effect that AI will have for governments, businesses and society. The EU has notably embarked on a regulatory path for AI, with the landmark AI Act in its final legislative stages, and the EU-US Trade and Technology Council delivering a joint roadmap to lay the foundations of trustworthy AI on both sides of the Atlantic. These discussions, as well as Member States’ National Plans, have nonetheless centred on data, algorithms and building necessary digital skills to capitalize on the opportunity. Often side-lined from this important conversation, is the immense infrastructure required to develop sovereign AI applications at scale.
The case for AI to transform governments and economies is clear. From improving efficiency by automating routine tasks, to handling citizen queries, improving service delivery through chatbots, and enabling interoperable data spaces to generate novel data-driven policy insights, AI will inevitably produce enormous value for European citizens, businesses, and society at large.
The 8th edition of The Public Sector Transformation Conference will focus on the public sector’s role in addressing the surging demand for increased compute capacity across all sectors and the growing concerns to ensure Europe’s ability to scale and develop sovereign AI systems for the public sector use cases.
The EU has set its sights on becoming a leading force in integrating AI within the public sector, with the Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence emphasising this goal. AI is a critical pillar of EU competitiveness and is set to revolutionise how data is gathered, stored, and analysed. The potential of European data spaces for novel knowledge creation and public sector decision making is unprecedented. As the digitalisation across public administrations accelerates, attention must continue to be focused on the role sovereign AI can play as a catalyst for interoperable and interconnected data spaces. Cutting across sectors such as health, public administration, finance, environment and energy, interconnected data spaces will facilitate the availability and use of data in European public administrations and throughout society.
The rise of Large Language Models (LLMs) can provide a transformative effect in semantics, predictions, computations and labelling of data – all of which is critical to instrumentalize data spaces and their interconnectivity. Central to Europe’s Data Strategy of achieving a single market for data, interconnectivity among data spaces will facilitate the development of novel AI services trained on larger data sets with high quality and secure data to promote novel AI-powered insights.
This panel discussion will unpack how sovereign AI infrastructures will unlock the potential of interoperable European data spaces in driving new insights on a massive range of industrial and societal issues.
Key Themes: data economy; European data spaces; Interoperability; Sovereign AI for public sector.
The ICT global market is forecasted to reach a size of EUR 6 trillion this year. The total value added of the EU’s ICT sector was over EUR 600B in 2021, representing 4.9% of EU’s GDP. Despite the essential nature of the ICT industry for the competitiveness of many sectors, the EU share int the global ICT market has fallen from 21.8% in 2013 to 11.3% in 2022. According to Eurostat, in 2022, only 69% of SMEs reached a basic level of digital intensity and 8% of companies used AI technologies. From the regulation of AI to scaling AI, what is required to support and enable companies to integrate AI technologies to optimize their businesses?
With 2 of the top 5 fastest supercomputers in the June 2023 Top500, EuroHPC JU has positioned Europe as a leader in delivering high-end compute capacity. However, with different types of workloads required specifically for AI, we must ensure that resources invested in HPC systems across Europe can benefit European businesses striving to scale their innovations in AI. How are Member States National Strategies aligned with the compute capacity needed to enable the rapid uptake of AI? What is the blueprint at European level? This panel will focus on EU-wide, National and industry-led approaches to enable European businesses to access necessary compute resources and scale AI systems to create a thriving AI ecosystem, focused on innovation, research and talent, in Europe.
Key themes: national AI strategies; EuroHPC JU, EU Competitiveness, AI at scale, democratizing compute capacity.
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