EU-Japan artificial intelligence cooperation

EU Vice-President Ansip and Japan Minister Hirai discussed bilateral cooperation to promote a human-centric approach to artificial intelligence (AI), building on the joint statement of the 26th EU-Japan summit.

European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip and Japan’s Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, Takuya Hirai said after their meeting: “The speed of AI’s development and the global changes that it entails are at the heart of EU-Japan cooperation. It is not only important to advance and progress in AI, but also to develop and promote human-centric and ethical approaches in technologies as a basis for the development and deployment of AI. In this way, we can build trust, encourage people’s understanding and acceptance of AI and develop societies that embrace it.”

There are two publications available that are pronounced int his regard and show the direction that is intended to be adopted: “Japan’s “Social Principles of Human-Centric AI” and the European Commission’s Communication on Building Trust in Human-Centric AI.”

Both approaches share common values and aims. Japan has set out seven principles: (1) human-centric, (2) education, (3) privacy, (4) security, (5) fair competition, (6) fairness, accountability, transparency and (7) innovation. These will form the basis for creating a human-centric “Society 5.0” that can successfully combine cyber space with physical space. They go hand in hand with the seven key requirements that the Commission supports to develop AI that people can trust: (1) human agency and oversight, (2) technical robustness and safety, (3) privacy and data governance, (4) transparency, (5) diversity, non-discrimination and fairness, (6) environmental and societal well-being and (7) accountability.

“The EU is preparing to launch its new research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe. The new Japanese Moonshot Research & Development Programme, at the same time, promotes R&D for disruptive innovation and targets solutions to ambitious social and economic challenges. With the introduction of these new programmes on both sides, we expect EU-Japan cooperation in science, technology and innovation to increase in areas of mutual interest, in line with last year’s EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement.” Said Commissioner Moedas and Minister Hirai.

They expect EU-Japan cooperation in science, technology and innovation to increase in areas of mutual interest.

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