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Toward AI Systems That Augment and Empower Humans by Understanding Us, our Society and the World Around Us

Project description

Europe’s humane vision for artificial intelligence

The presence and capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) have grown significantly and will continue to do so. The Humane AI Flagship will develop the scientific foundations and technological breakthroughs needed to shape the ongoing AI revolution. The goal is to deploy AI systems that enhance human capabilities and empower individuals and societies, and ultimately extend human intelligence (rather than replace it). With 35 partners from 17 countries, Humane AI is undertaking a preparatory action to draft an ambitious research agenda to provide competitive advantages to European industry and substantial benefits to society. Partners are united by the vision of a new generation of ethical, value-oriented, and human-centric European approach to AI.


The Humane AI initiative will develop the scientific foundations and technological breakthroughs needed to shape the ongoing artificial intelligence (AI) revolution. The goal is to design and deploy AI systems that enhance human capabilities and empower both individuals and society as a whole to develop AI that extends rather than replaces human intelligence. This vision fits very well into the ambitions articulated by the EC in its Communication on AI but cannot be achieved by legislation or political directives alone. Instead it needs fundamentally new solutions to core research problems in AI and human-computer interaction (HCI), especially to help people understand actions recommended or performed by AI systems. Challenges include: learning complex world models; building effective and fully explainable machine learning systems; adapting AI systems to dynamic, open-ended real-world environments (in particular robots and autonomous systems in general); achieving in-depth understanding of humans and complex social contexts; and enabling self-reflection within AI systems. The focus is on human-centered AI, with a strong emphasis on ethics, values by design, and appropriate consideration of related legal and social issues. The HumanE AI project will mobilize a research landscape far beyond the direct project funding and create a unique innovation ecosystem that offers substantial return on investment. It will result in significant disruption across its socio-economic impact areas, including Industry 4.0 health & well-being, mobility, education, policy and finance. It will spearhead the efforts required to help Europe achieve a step-change in AI uptake across the economy. The consortium, with 35 partners from 17 countries, including four large industrial members, will define the details of all aspects necessary to implement future projects in the topic, and mobilize major scientific, industrial, political and public support for the vision.

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€ 208 750,00
Trippstadter strasse 122
67663 Kaiserslautern

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Rheinland-Pfalz Rheinhessen-Pfalz Kaiserslautern, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Research Organisations
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Participants (35)