A globally leading collaborative environment for artificial intelligence. This is the vision for the new AI centre in Lindholmen Science Park, which will be inaugurated in the autumn of 2018, and will help Europe to climb onto the global stage with regard to research into AI.
The government’s ambition is for Sweden to be the best in the world at taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by digitalisation. But when it comes to artificial intelligence, we are far behind, something that is also articulated in the national strategy recently presented by the government, which aims to outline the future direction of this area. The strategy is based on an assessment carried out on Sweden’s AI capabilities by the innovation agency Vinnova. The assessment identified a number of problem areas, among them a shortfall of expertise in the field.
The United States currently is at the forefront of development into AI, with China following second. But it is not only Sweden that has a way to go – all of Europe has fallen behind in the field of AI.
“With this innovative approach to establishing a data factory and massive investment from of a number of companies and social contributors, I believe it is possible for us to have a world-class AI centre with an international reputation that will help Europe move up on the international stage,” says Peter Eriksson, Minister for housing and digital development.