The European Commission has announced the appointment of 52 experts to its new High Level Group on Artificial Intelligence just a couple of months after setting out its approach to the technology and calling for deeper industry involvement, according Telecompaper. The group is made up of 30 men and 22 women from companies and industry bodies such as AXA, Bayer, BEUC, Bosch, BMW, EESC, Element AI, Google,  IBM, Nokia Bell Labs, Orange, Santander, SAP, Sigfox, STMicroelectronics, Telenor and Zalando.
The High-Level Expert Group will meet for the first time on 27 June 2018 and has been tasked with proposing draft AI ethics guidelines, advising on AI-related mid to long-term challenges and opportunities as well as assisting with further engagement and outreach mechanisms to interact with a broader set of stakeholders.
In that regard, the EC also launched the European AI Alliance, a stakeholder forum and online platform to allow anyone interested in AI to address all aspects of the technology in discussions, blogs, documents and events. The Alliance’s input will be included in the Group’s recommendations, said the EC, adding that the expert group’s proposed ethics guidelines will in turn be submitted for consultation with the members of the Alliance through the dedicated platform and a series of workshops.