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European Convergence Summit 2024 (online)

19 June, 2024
09:00 to 17:00 CEST
Online

The European Convergence Summit (ECS) 2024 will be organised by the Adra-e project on 19 June 2024.

The event will be held online. To access the event please register here and you will get the link to join the event in the upcoming weeks.

The ECS is a high-level event that aims to bring together influential figures from various backgrounds to support co-programming of the Artificial Intelligence Data and Robotics (ADR) partnership, define orientations for ADR research and innovation in Europe with respect to socioeconomic issues, and build a consensus among stakeholders. The overarching theme of the event will be the impact of ADR on energy/CO2 reduction.

The event will be organised in three main blocks.

Block 1: European Strategies in ADR
The first block of the summit will focus on Europe’s current position in the ADR industry compared to the worldwide landscape. Speakers and panellists will discuss the increasing competition among the leading countries, and why AI, data, and robotics are essential in the European Union, with a growing demand for intelligent systems across industries.

Block 2: ADR and Environmental Issues
The second block of the summit will focus on the paradoxical situation that arises when we think about ADR technology and the environment. Experts will discuss the role played by ADR in environmental sustainability, especially when considering the high energy consumption that is required to run these technologies, as well as the battle being waged against climate change and how technology could play an important role in reducing carbon emissions.

Block 3: Public Involvement and Normative Issues
The third block of the summit will focus on public involvement and normative issues. Discussions will revolve around the need for legal, ethical, and regulatory measures for ADR technology to ensure its ethical use and prevent misuse. The socio-economic impact of ADR technology will also be discussed, including its potential impact on the job market, especially for low-skilled workers, the need for social investments and retraining programs to upskill the workforce and reduce the risk of increased inequalities.

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