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Artificial Intelligence is a key technology of the future, which is why the EU intends to increase public and private investments in AI research and development by at least €20 billion – as set forth by the Commission in its concept for the development of artificial intelligence in Europe , presented on April 25, 2018. It also plans to top up its spending on the research and innovation program Horizon 2020 to €1.5 billion, and to invest in key AI initiatives, such as the development of supercomputers and electronic components and systems.

In parallel to this, the member states are to modernize their educational and training systems and adapt these to the changing world of work, pursuant to the European Pillar of Social Rights . By the end of 2018, the Commission also wants to have ethical guidelines governing AI development in place, based on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union . These new guidelines, which will cover basic principles such as data privacy, will be based on the work of the European group on ethics in science and new technologies (EGE).