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Top Computer Scientists Form European Lab Devoted to AI


Circuits on a circuit board in the shape of a brain.

Scientists from Germany, France, Great Britain, Israel, the Netherlands, and Switzerland have called for the rapid establishment of a European research institute for machine learning.

Credit: Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Prominent computer scientists have formed a coalition to establish a pan-European laboratory concentrating on artificial intelligence (AI).

The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) will operate physical labs and design an education program for doctoral students studying machine learning, while forging links between universities and companies in the European Union.

Said the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems' Bernhard Scholkopf, "We need this because we have faced this development with huge investments in artificial intelligence in China and also from America from large corporations."

He also said ELLIS has a mission to develop AI "in a beneficial way and...the highest level of AI research is done in open societies."

Scholkopf warned of European AI efforts lagging those of rival countries because many European AI researchers often end up employed by U.S. universities or technology firms.

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