Lords AI Committee looks at lessons from abroad

01 December 2017

The Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence will be exploring issues with the witnesses such as what is distinctive about the German and Canadian approach to artificial intelligence, and what role their respective governments are seeking to play in the development and use of AI.


Tuesday 5 December in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Professor Wolfgang Wahlster, CEO and Scientific Director, German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

At 4.30pm

  • Dr Alan Bernstein, President and CEO, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

Areas of discussion

  • Germany is the second largest centre for AI development in Europe after the UK. Does Germany have particular advantages or disadvantages when it comes to capitalising on AI?
  • Germany is suffering a shortage of skilled AI researchers and developers. How is it addressing this problem?
  • DFKI has approximately 500 researchers and administrators, and 400 graduate students from more than 60 countries. What, and how effective, is DFKI's role in developing and utilising AI within Germany?
  • A new data protection law (Bundesdatenschutzgestz) was passed this year. What implications will this have on the development and application of AI in Germany?
  • Companies such as Google, DeepMind and Facebook have recently opened major AI research centres in Canada. Why are AI companies interested in basing themselves in Canada?
  • Earlier this year the Canadian government announced a major investment of CAD $125 million (approximately £77.5 million) in the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy. What problems is this aimed at solving?
  • CIFAR has 404 researchers from 16 countries, including 20 from the UK. How is it developing and utilising AI in Canada?
  • The Canadian AI field has historically suffered from brain drain to the US. How is Canada's tech industry see itself in relation to the United States?

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