EU Commission President: Von der Leyen: Seize the opportunities of digitalisation

EU Commission President: Von der Leyen: Seize the opportunities of digitalisation

When it comes to digitalisation, the European Union is lagging far behind in international comparison. EU Commission President von der Leyen sees opportunities in technologies such as AI.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has called on people in Europe to use new technologies such as artificial intelligence without fear and with courage. So far, the European Union has mainly introduced laws such as the Digital Services Act, which serve as guard rails for the responsible use of artificial intelligence and digitalization, said the CDU politician on Monday during a visit to the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam. On this basis, one can move forward courageously.

On the one hand, EU laws have ensured that large online platforms are held accountable for the content they distribute. They have also created the opportunity for smaller competitors to compete with the large platforms and play a role in the market themselves. The third component, however, is the most important: “That is innovation, those are the possibilities and opportunities that arise with digitization and, above all, the use of artificial intelligence.”

“This is a mega-topic for the future”

At the Hasso Plattner Institute, she saw a “pearl where exactly what we need more of in Europe is happening, namely the translation of excellent research results into products that can then actually survive on the market.” At the institute, founded by SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner, an entire research branch is working on increasing the energy efficiency of data centers and other facilities. “This is a mega-topic for the future,” said the top candidate of the European People’s Party (EPP) for the upcoming European elections.

Europe will need a lot more clean energy. “The more efficiently we use it, the better for our environment, and the better the opportunities to advance Europe as a business location.” Models and proposals are being developed at the HPI.

The digitalization of learning also offers “gigantic opportunities,” for example in the healthcare sector. It is about using data responsibly in the healthcare sector, but also using the evaluation of information from the data to cure and prevent diseases.

Source: Stern

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