In October 2019, the Dutch government has released its strategic action for artificial intelligence (Netherlands, 2019a); a less extensive version is also available in English (Netherlands, 2019b). The policy report presents a range of policy initiatives and action plans to strengthen Netherlands’ competitiveness in AI on the global market. The vision of the Dutch AI strategy relies on three strategic pillars, aiming at:
- Capitalising on societal and economic opportunities: policies encouraging the adoption, use and development of AI in the private and public sector and promoting the use of AI to tackle societal challenges;
- Creating the right conditions: policies supporting education and skills development in AI; fostering research and innovation in AI, facilitating the access to qualitative data and improving the digital infrastructure;
- Strengthening the foundations: including policy actions related to ethical issues, such as trust, human rights, consumer protection, and safety of citizens.
The strategy contains an extensive list of initiatives aiming at fostering AI in the economy through policies related to education, research and innovation developments from the lab to the market, networking, regulation and infrastructure.
As per funding, the Dutch version of the strategy mentions in annex that the yearly governmental budget to AI innovation and research is estimated at €45 million. The supercomputer developed at SURF and financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has a cost of €18 million.
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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