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AI is a generic technology that infiltrates virtually all aspects of society. In a world in which countries are fully committed to AI and the advent of powerful new platforms, it's important to embrace AI in order to safeguard Dutch competitiveness and prosperity. The winner-takes-all effect is an important reason to make sure the Netherlands keep up with the latest developments. According to the study, the Netherlands is highly capable of meeting the legal, ethical, and technical requirements and translating developments into opportunities that benefit all Dutch citizens.
BCG carried out its first large-scale study among a group of companies to identify their perceived obstacles to applying AI in practice. The respondents identified a lack of talent (23%), a lack of suitable data (20%), and regulation uncertainties (17%) as their biggest concerns. For example, some health-care data is not being properly shared, making it impossible to develop new products that could benefit patients, health-care providers, and companies. The respondents also believe that the government has failed to implement enough strategic activities to help improve the Netherlands' position with respect to education and open access to data.
AINED plans to spend the next few months extensively testing the proposed objectives and measures and develop an even broader coalition of companies, governments, scientists, and educational institutions. This preparatory work should result in an official strategic plan for companies and the government, which will be published on Conferentie Nederland Digitaal and which provides concrete footholds for all involved.
AINED is a collaboration between TNO, VNO-NCW, TopTeam ICT, ICAI and NWO. AINED was supported by The Boston Consulting Group and Denkwerk.
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