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Last April the OECD published a small paper titled ”Using Artificial Intelligence to help combat COVID-19”. STOA has been also investigating the application of AI in light of the current situation. Unfortunately at present the current generation of AI seems not to have been able to fulfil all its promises as many had hoped. The supercomputing race looks more and more the solution to empower a new generation of AI with a potential upon which not just the scientific Community is speculating. AI and supercomputing have undoubtedly become a geopolitical matter.

This EIF event shall take stock of what it is happening at global level and investigate what Europe is doing vis-a-vis its international trade partners to secure its place as a leader in the this geopolitical tech race.

  • Programme

    Opening remarks

    Pilar del Castillo MEP and EIF Chair

    Eva Kaili MEP and EIF Steering Committee Member


    Lucilla Sioli, Director of Artificial Intelligence & Digital Industry DG CNECT, European Commission

    Dr. Zhou Bin, CTO, Huawei Ascend Computing

    Dr. Alessandro Curioni, Head of IBM Research in Europe, Director of the IBM Research Lab in Zurich

    Dr. Jacques Bughin, CEO,  Machaon Advisory;  Advisor, Fortino Capital and Venture Partner, Antler; Professor Solvay Business School


    Maria Rosa Gibellini, Director General, European Internet Forum

    Exchange of views with the participants under the Chatham House rules

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14 October 2020 10:00 - 11:45
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  • Pilar del Castillo MEP, EIF Chair
  • Eva Kaili Vice-President of the European Parliament EIF Steering Committee Member
  • Lucilla Sioli Director for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Zhou Bin CTO Huawei Ascend Computing
  • Alessandro Curioni Head of IBM Research in Europe Director of the IBM Research Lab in Zurich
  • Jacques Bughin Professor Solvay Business School
  • Maria Rosa Gibellini Director General European Internet Forum

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