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World-class think tanks to present new research on the future of AI in Tallinn

9. October 2018 - 7:00

Stenbock House, Tallinn, 9 October 2018 – Next week, top research groups and think tanks will convene in Estonia to present new papers and ideas on artificial intelligence and the cross-border trade of data. Tallinn Digital Summit 2018, slated for October 15 and 16, will also host government ministers, entrepreneurs, and innovators from digital-minded countries across the world.

Participating research groups include the McKinsey Global Institute, the Lisbon Council, the Centre for Public Impact, and the European Centre for International Political Economy.

Countries must take immediate action on issues surrounding artificial intelligence, said Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas. “AI will bring major changes in the near future and we cannot leave this to chance,” he said. “We need a common legal framework, and guidelines on ethics and technology that would boost development and innovation while ensuring safety and trust. That’s why Tallinn Digital Summit will focus on AI and the global free trade of data, as well as their impact on governance, entrepreneurship and society.”

Rene Tammist, Estonian Minister of Entrepreneurship and IT, said that Estonia aims to lead the international discussion on the legal issues surrounding artificial intelligence. “Everyone who uses Google or Facebook has been exposed to AI. It provides endless possibilities for new products and services. But to ensure the necessary innovation space, countries must create a clear legal framework for entrepreneurs while addressing privacy and ethics issues that surround new technologies,” he said.

The digital summit will be attended by Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission, Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment of Ireland, Kim Boo Kyum, Minister of the Interior and Safety of South Korea, Peter Eriksson, Minister for Housing and Digital Development of Sweden, Janil Puthucheary, Minister-in-charge of GovTech, and the Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information of Singapore, Sophie Løhde, Minister for Public Sector Innovation of Denmark, Megan Woods, Minister for Government Digital Services of New Zealand, Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of the UK, Takuya Hirai, Minister of Information Technology Policy of Japan, Guillermo Moncecchi, State Secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia, Rinalds Muciņš, Vice Minister of Industry of Uruguay, Elijus Čivilis, Vice Minister of Economy of Lithuania, and Günter Krings, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community of Germany.

The Estonian delegation is led by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and includes Rene Tammist, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Siim Sikkut, Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Marten Kaevats, national digital advisor in the Government Office, and Estonian IT entrepreneurs.

James Manyika, Director of the McKinsey Global Institute, will present new research on the impact of artificial intelligence on economy, society, and the future of labour. He will also estimate the influence that AI will have on the labour market, and suggest ways in which countries can cope with the changes ahead.

Luukas Ilves, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow at the Lisbon Council, will give a presentation and lead a discussion on safety and security in the AI era. He will address the preservation of fundamental values and rights, as well the challenge of keeping AI safe and secure. Ilves will also introduce national strategies and international initiatives for safety and security.

Danny Buerkli, Programme Director at the Centre for Public Impact foundation, will present a study on AI-based governance and introduce five practical principles that might motivate governments to implement artificial intelligence. 

At a ministers’ discussion on free-moving data, Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy, will present his ideas.

The summit’s opening session will include Greg Corrado, Principal Scientist of Augmented Intelligence Research at Google, and Jack Clark, Strategy and Communications Director at OpenAI, a non-profit AI research company.

Tallinn Digital Summit’s knowledge partners are the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the business and economics research arm of McKinsey & Company, the Centre for Public Impact (CPI), a not-for-profit foundation founded by the Boston Consulting Group, as well as the Lisbon Council and the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).

Tallinn Digital Summit 2018 follows Tallinn Digital Summit 2017 that was held during the Estonian Presidency of the European Union in September 2017 and brought together EU leaders.

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