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Scientists Plan European AI Hub to Compete With U.S.


 Scientists inspecting artificial intelligence work at the Data Science Institute of Imperial College London.

Scientists have drawn up plans for a multinational European institute devoted to world-class artificial intelligence research.

Credit: David Levene/The Guardian

Europe's leading scientists have crafted plans for a multinational European institute for artificial intelligence (AI) research, as Europe strives to keep pace with rapidly advancing technology.

The European Lab for Learning and Intelligent Systems (Ellis) would have major centers in several countries, each with hundreds of computer engineers, mathematicians, and other scientists.

In an open letter encouraging governments to act, the scientists describe how Europe has fallen behind the U.S. and China, where most AI firms and universities are based. The letter adds that while a few "research hotspots" still exist in Europe, U.S. companies are continuously recruiting top talent.

The letter calls for work on the new institute to begin this year, funded by participating countries as an intergovernmental organization.

The institute's goal would be to ensure that Europe performs leading AI research, driving jobs and economies while enabling Europe to shape AI's impact on society.

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