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After the outbreak of Covid-19, the European Commission (EC) promptly took the initiative to lead and coordinate a common European response. The actions unfolded in several directions, paving the way to the uptake of AI-related solutions and placing hope in these tools to face crises, namely of a public health and global nature. In this article, we focus on initiatives for the uptake of AI-related solutions from the experimental level towards implementation. The Repository of AI and Robotics solutions, launched in 2020, is an example of an initiative put forth to leverage and disseminate knowledge on AI, expanding the fields of application and fostering the development and adaptation of cutting-edge technologies to explore how they can assist in tackling specific tasks during a public health crisis. Using this database, the article outlines AI as a hope for handling specific needs and tasks thus supporting humans in overcoming obstacles and improving the chances for an effective response. Other initiatives frame the uptake of AI from a regulatory and risk mitigation perspective, focusing on establishing frameworks for AI governance in an ethical and trustworthy manner by defining principles and standards that aim to protect the underlying values deemed fundamental. A third approach intends to portray how AI is more than a promise and has proved its role in global geographies through investment, successful testing and adoption.

Fontes Catarina, Corrigan Caitlin, Lütge Christoph


AI Ethics, AI Governance, Artificial intelligence, Covid-19, Robotics