The main competitive advantage of brands like BMW and Tesla is not in the electrification of cars, but in the development of AI for autonomous driving based on massive amounts of data gathered by the cars during their use. IBM, Apple, and Google are miles ahead in areas like cognitive processing, search and language recognition because of their intensive deep learning approaches leveraging huge amounts of training data. And the list goes on. AI is the key technology and skill in many important and relevant application domains.
Compared to the USA and China, Europe is seriously lagging behind in the development of Artificial Intelligence.
However, there are hopeful developments in The Netherlands and more specific the Brabant region. Examples are the TU/e initiated the Eindhoven Artificial Intelligence Systems Institute (EAISI), the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science in Den Bosch, and Tilburg’s MindLabs. Dutch Government aims to direct 1+1 billion euro's to AI inspired innovation in the next 10 years and the recently launched Dutch AI Coalition (NLAIC) has been assigned with the challenging task to orchestrate the activities at national level that should lead to the desired socio-economic benefits.