Europe must have its own A. I. champion, German minister tells paper

FILE PHOTO: German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier addresses a press conference to the national industry strategy for 2030 in Berlin, Germany, on February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) – Europe needs to think about creating an artificial intelligence company that is able to keep up with global rivals, the German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told the newspaper Tagesspiegel.

The paper on Friday quoted Altmaier as saying that technologies such as autonomous driving were possible areas for such a company to add that, although the German car manufacturers have started to work together, “in my opinion, there is not enough”.

A “private industry player” would be required, Altmaier said. “We are currently looking into this.”

Reporting by Tassilo Hummel; Editing by Thomas Seythal

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