Eva Kaili, Member of the European Parliament.
Thank you very much.
First of all, let me thank you for inviting me and the host of this Summit – the EC, the EP, of course Atomium.
Thank you, the President, for making this possible and I think the symbolism of having it in the Parliament is extremely important to talk about these issues.
We talked about the Internet of Things and now the Internet of Humans. I do believe that the things are developing very fast, progressing very fast, before we even realise the impact of Internet of Things, we talk about of Internet of Everything basically.
We do try to be the foresight unit. I am the chair of STOA – Scientific and Technology Options Assessment. It is basically the foresight unit of the Parliament. What we are trying to do is we have scientists and we have work groups and studies and researches helping us, providing us with their expertise for issues like the ones that you have mentioned. For the trends, for the new technologies, for the upcoming technologies. What we do is, we try to see the consequences, the potential of these technologies, present this data to the members of the Parliament and then they can legislate smartly (hopefully) and properly.
I think this is essentially important for the work that is being done in the EP. As you very well mentioned, it is technologies that we cannot even identify that are going to change the future in ten years if they are going to exist or if they are going to be new technologies changing our lives. So, what we are trying to do is to see if this fields can give us the best choices for citizens and if we can actually embrace them and help them to happen.
We have a scientist that recently hosted… We hosted an event about the future technologies and he told us:
“We are at this level where if you want us to make a blue cat with 5 legs, we can do it!”
It would be great if the Parliament and the politicians knew where they want us to focus, if they have a strategy for the future.
We actually do not. We try to follow very closely the innovation and we do not have the specific strategy on that. But with this unit we try to be much forward thinking and try to see what is coming and be with hands on approach. See if we can help this innovation to take place – this kind of innovations.
Thinking of this new situation, we thought that what citizens maybe not understand, is how we make these decisions and sometimes they are a bit scared of the new technologies; of robots taking our jobs or AI, so it is a trend and we already have a study on that. It is completely compatible to what you have presented us today. These are the searches that they (citizens) do. Also, Google. I did not see Google, but they also gave us the same results.
We saw the trends and we saw that AI might scare people, privacy, cyber security wanted to be at the foresight unit. We thought that one of the big issues is that we should campaign and say to the citizens that there are scientific evidence and data of this technologies and how we work based on those.
We decided to do a European science media hub that would identify the trends and give this data to the citizens. Campaign this data to the citizens through journalists, through the media.
At the same time, we have a big discussion about the fake news. We do believe that we should not touch the content, because it is more important to protect freedom of speech, even a freedom of a lie, than banning content. But to provide options at the same way we do for the politicians, to provide options for the citizens – to give them our data, the scientific data and then they can choose in what to believe.
This science and media hub, will be under STOA – under the science and technology option assessment unit.
The panel that we have in the EP, it has a budget.
It is going to have an Advisory Board, it is going to try to see where we can help and support this campaign to take place and how we can engage closer to the citizens through the media.
We will also have an honorary high-level Board that it is going to be made of recognised personalities to provide us with ideas insights and impulses (?) concerning the strategic day(?) action that we would like to take. We will also have a budget there, we try to this…To make this project to work.
What is most important, it is going to be completely independent, it is going to be made of members – the Advisory board it is going to be members of the Commission of DG’s, from the Parliament that they have expertise in this field. They will provide independent opinion on it should be moderated.
I think this is a step forward in to bringing science closer to the citizens and giving them options where already preparing event that is going to be about fake news and we can address this problem again, without touching the content.
We saw that there are many algorithms out there that they can actually identify if an article is disputed, and if it is disputed too much, if the concentration is too big and it can influence the political development in a country or a city and then try to connect it to other options – to the other point of view. This will be essential, because this would mean that we will not touch the content.
This media hub will be launched in November and hopefully, our budget starts 2018. We would love all the input you have and all the suggestions that you might have for us.
I would conclude by saying and would also like to thank Atomium, because I saw that you have an artist among us and he is going to be at one of the panels, Simon Denny. He is Berlin based, multimedia artist, born in New Zealand. He has been awarded may times, he was presenting in the museum of MoMA and Venice Biennale, New York, Brussels and LA… everywhere. What he does and you all must be careful at discussions that follow – is that he will try to create an infographic, but in critical way. With questions about what is being discussed.
I think it is a pleasant surprise that Next Generation Internet Summit has this element that I think comes from the future and connects also art and importance of expressing these ideas in different way. This is a way to basically do what we want, to make citizens engaged to the discussions here and biggest ones get closer to them and I think it shows that you have managed to think out of the box and it is an excellent idea to give us a glimpse of how the future could be or how the discussion could be through art.
I would like to congratulate you and maybe also mention that this artist, he is very young, around 32, 33. He is advocating artists for new technologies – he is even evolving block chain. He is trying to saw how blockchain can change our lives or how the demographics can change out lives in a more visual way. I think we should be careful about our discussions as it is going to be there (visual graphics) as a piece of art.
Thank you for giving me this opportunity and I am waiting for the panels to start.
Thank you so much.