Delaney: EU Action on Artificial Intelligence Should Be a Wake-up Call

Apr 25, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – The European Union’s executive branch, the European Commission, has announced that it will increase its investment in artificial intelligence (AI) research and development by €1.5 billion and called on member states to invest €20 billion as well.  

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6), the founder of the House AI Caucus, says that the European Union’s action should get the attention of U.S. policymakers.

“Our economic competitors in Europe and Asia are moving forward on AI, while we stand still. I sincerely hope that today’s announcement from the EU gets the attention of Washington and serves as a wake-up call. If we want artificial intelligence technology to benefit our society, our economy and our workers, we’ve got to make sure that the United States remains the global leader – but make no mistake, we will have competition,” said Congressman Delaney. “Artificial intelligence technology promises to be transformative, disruptive and beneficial, while also creating new ethical and privacy problems. The time is now to increase our investment in research, make sure that we are encouraging continued private sector growth and protect individual rights.”

Congressman Delaney is the author of the FUTURE of AI Act, first-of-its-kind legislation that would promote an enabling environment for the continued development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The legislation creates a new advisory committee at the Department of Commerce comprised of scientists and engineers, ethicists and civil liberties experts as well as representatives from labor groups, technology companies and federal officials. The advisory committee will have eighteen months to report back with their recommendations on what the next steps should be.