Leader In Cryptocurrency And Artificial Intelligence ?
New technologies play an increasingly important role in our lives. We can say that two of the most promising and important technologies today are cryptocurrencies and AI. The vast majority of humanity had not even heard of Bitcoin just two years ago, and today it is a popular name that anyone can recognize.
But what are cryptocurrencies?
A cryptocurrency (or crypto currency) is a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange wherein individual coin ownership records are stored in a digital ledger or computerized database using strong cryptography to secure transaction record entries, to control the creation of additional digital coin records, and to verify the transfer of coin ownership. (Source : wiki)
On the other hand, at least until sometime ago we believed that the AI ( Artificial Intelligence) is a more well-known concept and treated in science fiction films. They are machines capable of thinking and learning by themselves. Machines capable of evolving, as if they were living beings.
How Europe has setup funds to work on it
European Union invests money in technology through two separate funds and programs: Horizon 2020 (80 billion euros) and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Horizon 2020 is the largest innovation program in the EU, while ESIFs are a more general institution and less specialized in technology. Even so, ESIFs will invest 110 billion euros in innovation.
As if this were not enough, 22 EU member countries signed the Blockchain Association Declaration on the 2018 Digital Day. This association is a fundamental part of the EU’s Single Digital Market project, as it will serve as a technical cooperation body between the Member States.
On the side of artificial intelligence, the European Commission announced that it expects to publish a “coordinated plan on AI” by the end of 2018. Also, the EC will increase its investment in AI to 1.6€ billion for the 2018- 2020 and hopes to generate additional funding of 2.8€ billion from public and private associations in sectors such as robotics and Big Data.
Why Europe will lead this decade of innovation
This year there was a big blockchain conference in Berlin, the BlockShow Europe. 3000 people attended and more than 200 journalists. This is just a small signal of the huge interest that European developers have for the blockchain. Right now there are 8265 blockchain projects active in Europe, being surpassed only by the United States (9565 active projects), according to a Deloitte analysis of the GitHub data.
This leadership is assumed mainly by London, Paris and Moscow. Only in London there are 914 active projects. As if this were not enough, Europe has the largest number of reachable Bitcoin nodes in the world: 5221 nodes, compared to 3375 in the United States and 622 in China.
European blockchain developers look beyond Fintech. The EU hopes to be able to implement blockchain in sectors such as insurance, health, intellectual property, eVoting, managing IDs of citizens, among others. We can highlight initiatives such as Alastria (in Spain), the development of a blockchain solution for the transfer of cross-border values by Deustche Börse in Germany, among others.
On the side of the IAs, the European Commission says it intends to publish ethical guidelines on AI development before the end of 2018. These guidelines will be based on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU.
The Commission is also considering several ways to open access to data, in order to stimulate artificial intelligence projects. They hope to be able to do so within the framework of the GDPR, despite the fact that several critics consider that the development of AI in Europe will suffer due to the large amount of data to which the IAs don´t currently have access due to the new GDPR regulations. The EC proposes to enact new laws to publish more data, including data from the public sector.
Europe can take pride in having such interesting projects such as
Europe has been one of the great centers of human civilization on Earth for millennia, and has always been at the forefront of the latest technological or social advances. The rest of the planet has received a great European influence, and to a large extent our ways of thinking have been shaped by Europe. Although Europe partially lost that lead in the 20th century against the United States, today it has a good chance to recover it.
If the EU continues working well and betting on the blockchain and the IA, it will undoubtedly become the new Leader In Cryptocurrency, and overall technology beacon for the rest of humanity.