In August 2017, the Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology established a Council on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. It consists of experts on robotics and artificial intelligence from research centres, academia and industry and it serves as an advisory board to provide recommendations about the current and future challenges and opportunities of AI. The council has been commissioned to help the Ministry to develop a national AI strategy in a two-year period. The national strategy is close to final but its official publication will be postponed after the new government formation.
In the meantime, the Austrian government has been very active in shaping policy initiatives for the future of AI in Austria. In November 2018, the Council published a white paper with policy recommendations on robotics and AI, covering policy areas related to smart governance, smart innovation and smart regulations. In June 2019, the government of Austria issued Artificial Intelligence Mission Austria 2030 (Austria, 2019) providing the first steps towards an official strategy for AI.
The stakeholder consultation for the Austrian national AI strategy has ended. The Austrian Caretaker Government has approved the results from this process.
The report identifies seven priority areas in which to invest to foster the development of AI in Austria:
- Qualification and training;
- Research and innovation;
- AI in the economy;
- AI in the public sector;
- Society, ethics and labour market;
- AI governance, security and law;
- Infrastructure for industrial leadership positions.
It is a task of the new Austrian Government to finalise and approve the AI strategy, including structure, prioritisation and budgets.
The AI Landscape (2009 - 2018) Dashboard and AI Worldwide Ecosystem in 2009-2018 report provide an overview and analysis of the European AI landscape includingincluding:
- research centres,
- testing facilities,
- data infrastructures,
- start-ups and digital innovation hubs (DIH).
Explore the AI Landscape dashboard for your country to discover:
- who are the key players,
- in which technologies they specialise,
- how they are distributed,
- how they are connected to each other,
- how innovation spreads through the network,
- which technologies are consolidating.
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