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Habemus Advisory Council to guide the Government on AI

Not a but to those who are. Some repeat, from the previous artificial intelligence (AI) advisory committee to help the Government define what we need, why, why, when, how, … But if I miss some names of great value and that could undoubtedly also contribute . And no, I will not give their names, because it is my opinion, and not that of those who have chosen those who will have to advise, hopefully with more luck than the previous group of experts.

I do not know if Spain has lost or is still in time to recover what other countries, leaving out the United States and China, such as the United Kingdom, France or Israel, have advanced in recent years in the field of AI. I know that Carme Artigas entered the Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence with a very clear proposal in this regard, but the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed? or upset? all your plans.

The Vice President will be the President of the IA

It was this week when the Government, with the Third Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, who will chair the Advisory Council, has presented the advisory body that will provide independent advice and recommendations on the measures to be adopted to guarantee a use safe and ethical AI.

The body is made up of Spanish experts of the highest international prestige in the field, who will contribute to the completion and implementation of the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy. The members of the Advisory Council will analyze the implications that these disruptive technologies will entail in various fields, such as the company, administration and the future of work, the protection of fundamental rights, data management, the fight against discrimination or the elimination of social gaps.

First date

The first meeting of the Advisory Council was held in a blended way at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, since some of the experts participated electronically from other countries. According to some of the participants, the Council session was only to present its members and there was no point to start working and analyzing some of the tasks or matters mentioned in the previous paragraph.

The Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence, Carme Artigas, will be the vice president of the AI Advisory Council, which is made up of Spanish experts from various social, economic and scientific fields such as Amparo Alonso, professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of La Coruña; Juan Luis Arsuaga, doctor in Biological Sciences and professor of Paleontology, being since July 2013 scientific director of the Museum of Human Evolution of Burgos; Ricardo Baeza-Yates, professor at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) and founder of the Group of Web Sciences and Social Computing at Pompeu Fabra University; Manuel Cebrián, who leads the Digital Mobilization research group at the Max Planck Institute; Asunción Gómez, doctor from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, vice-rector for Research, Innovation and director of the University Master’s Degree and the Doctorate in Artificial Intelligence; Emilia Gómez, researcher at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, where she participates as main scientist in the project on Human Behavior and Artificial Intelligence in Digital Transformation; Francisco Herrera, director of the Andalusian Interuniversity Institute in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, and who works very directly with the Sherpa.AI in innovative and pioneering developments in the field of AI; Lorena Jaume Palasí, executive director of AlgorithmWatch, where she focuses her work on the philosophy of Law and the ethics of automation and digitization; José Ignacio Latorre, professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Barcelona and director of the Benasque Pedro Pascual Science Center; Pilar Manchón, PhD in Computational Linguistics from the University of Seville and currently linked to the American multinational Google; Inmaculada Martínez, a technological pioneer involved in the innovation and digitization sectors for more than two decades; Alexandre Pérez Casares, president and co-founder of The Altius Society; Joaquín Quiñonero, doctor from the Technical University of Denmark, has worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, being an expert in applied research in computer vision, voice recognition, language comprehension, personalization and recommendations; Luz Rello, researcher at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies at Pompeu Fabra University; Pablo Rodríguez, researcher in long-term technological developments on disruptive technologies, and in recent years at Telefónica in areas such as R&D and Innovation Alpha; Antonio Torralba, professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and head of the Faculty of Artificial Intelligence and Decision Making; Carmen Torras, research professor at the Robotics Institute belonging to the Higher Council for Scientific Research; and Rafael Yuste, neurobiologist driving the BRAIN project for Brain Research through the Advancement of Innovative Neurotechnologies.

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