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Europe plans to accommodate robots


Fear spread through misinformation prevents progress. In the sphere of robotics and artificial intelligence this is often characterised by assertions that the robots are coming – to replace humans and leave them jobless.

We have discussed the issues many times on these pages, saying people should not fret about a robot takeover as the technology could ultimately offer a life less monotonous.

Advancing discussions, the 10th anniversary European Innovation Summit later this month, which we are media partners with, has a debate, titled: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: The Case for Human Control. Led by summit organisers, Knowledge4Innovation (K4I), in cooperation with TU Delft, it will generate ideas for maximising the potential of robotics and AI across the continent.


How can human beings remain the masters over the Artificial Intelligence and the robotics by which they surround themselves in their daily lives? There are examples galore of the undesirable autonomy of systems, such as used in social media, mobility and other domains, but also thriving communities of promising start-up companies and eco-systems.

How will humans teach machines the right things, how do human stay in the loop of artificial intelligence and robotics? “Digitally native” new generations of researchers will guide Europe and its citizens via their new research paradigms to the right impact for Europe’s society.

What would be required from European policy and programmes to generate this impact?


These questions and ideas will be discussed at the Summit lunch debate on 28 November. We will bring you the key takeaways from this debate, with exclusive video and news coverage posted across our channels. Read Impact Innovators, produced in collaboration with Knowledge4Innovation, organisers of the landmark Summit – on from 26 to 30 November in and around the European Parliament. Sign up for our newsletter to get EIS news straight to your inbox.

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