School of Transnational Governance

AI in the public sphere: challenges and opportunities

STG trains Spanish officials on artificial intelligence, one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century.

The EUI’s School of Transnational Governance offered a training on “The Governance of a Paradigm Change: for a Socially Responsible Technological Disruption” to 20 officials of the Spanish Ministries of Innovation and Research, Economy, and Education. The aim of the initiative was to equip the participants with the knowledge and strategic competences to best address the new challenges posed by artificial intelligence in the public sphere. The training took place at the end of February at ‘Residencia des Estudiantes’ in Madrid.

Overall, the training aimed to focus on the opportunities, rather than the downsides, highlighting that with the right tools and regulation in place, citizens can benefit from Artificial Intelligence.

Expert trainers provided insights into the different dimensions in the field, such as algorithm management and ethics.

The question of how Artificial Intelligence should be regulated and which role Europe should play in this context was one of the issues discussed.

Pedro Duque, Minister of Innovation and Research of Spain, sees potential for Europe leading the way in this process:

In the field of artificial intelligence it is going to be very difficult to regulate at a global level, because there are conflicting economic interests, but Europe can lead the way and lay a foundation that will later be demanded by citizens around the world.

More training on artificial intelligence is in the making. In cooperation with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville, a new hands-on training on “AI and Public Governance” will gather 27 officials from all EU member states early in July. The long-term goal is to apply this training format to other countries in order to find a transnational approach to the topic.