- Ahold Delhaize, ING, KLM, NS, and Philips have announced Kickstart AI
- The aim of Kickstart AI is to bridge the gap in the field of artificial intelligence between the Netherlands and other countries
- The partnership is going to speed up the introduction of AI in the Netherlands
Five Dutch companies have come together to further boost Artificial Intelligence in the Netherlands. According to the press release, Ahold Delhaize, ING, KLM, NS and Philips have announced Kickstart AI, a combination of initiatives for AI education, talent and innovation.
The aim of Kickstart AI is to bridge the gap in the field of artificial intelligence between the Netherlands and other countries, such as the UK, the US and China. This partnership is going to offer new opportunities for young people and speeds up the introduction of artificial intelligence in the Netherlands.
Kickstart AI includes the following initiatives:
1) AI super challenges: Using global AI talent to tackle societal challenges, such as in the areas of health and mobility.
2) Joint academic appointments: Investing in public-private partnerships through joint appointments of professors and associate and associate professors, giving the next generation of AI talent access to education, training, and leading academics.
3) National AI Course: The companies will not only bring the National AI Course to the attention of the general public and their own staff but also make these available in English so that a target number of 170,000 registrations in the Netherlands is achieved by the end of 2020.
Maarten de Rijke, professor at the University of Amsterdam and director of the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence, said, “The joint efforts of universities and companies under the Kickstart AI-flag emphasize the urgency of accelerating AI education and retaining talent, and shows how committed we are to collaboration and the investments needed to accelerate the innovation of artificial intelligence in the Netherlands. “