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Strategy of the Austrian Federal Government for Artificial Intelligence "AIM AT 2030"

Federal Ministers Margarete Schramböck and Leonore Gewessler jointly presented the federal government's strategy for artificial intelligence (Artificial Intelligence Mission Austria 2030 - AIM AT 2030) with its goals and fields of action.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a collective term for powerful computer technologies with the potential to change many areas of society. The use of AI opens up new dimensions in the personalization of services, the optimization of processes or the management of resources across all economic and social sectors. AI can provide companies with decisive competitive advantages and, at the same time, support important socially and ecologically necessary transformation processes in a wide variety of areas. AI is a cross-cutting technology whose safe and targeted use can make a significant contribution to climate change mitigation and post-Corona pandemic economic recovery.

In addition to these opportunities, the use of AI also comes with major challenges and potential areas of concern. It is therefore essential to ensure that a secure framework for the use of AI applications is created together with our European partners that also covers the issue of fundamental rights, such as data protection, equality rights, and the prohibition of discrimination accordingly.

In order to be able to realize the opportunities of AI for Austria and to minimize the potential risks, the present AI strategy of the Austrian Federal Government was developed under the title Artificial Intelligence Mission Austria 2030 (AIM AT 2030).

It focuses on pursuing the following three objectives:

  1. A broad deployment of AI oriented towards the common good is targeted, carried out in a responsible manner on the basis of fundamental and human rights, European fundamental values, and the upcoming European legal framework.
  2. Austria should position itself as a research and innovation location for AI in key areas and fields of strength, and
  3. by means of the development and use of AI, the competitiveness of the Austrian technology and business location should be secured.

Based on the EU's Coordinated Action Plan on AI, the AIM AT 2030 defines the necessary basic principles for trustworthy AI. In order to unleash the potential of trustworthy AI, concrete measures for a functioning AI ecosystem are set out. Complementing these two basic pillars, steps for realizing the potential are outlined in very specific AI application fields (Annex), which range from climate protection to applications in industry or education.

AI technologies and their applications are developing very fast. For this reason, AIM AT 2030 sets the guidelines in which the use of AI in Austria can and should develop. At the same time, AIM AT 2030 focuses on agile, interdisciplinary and participatory implementation and further development.

The AI strategy of the Austrian Federal Government is defined as an agile strategy. It is not perceived to keep still for the coming years, but rather is open to changes, additions, and clarifications, learning with regard to implementations that have already taken place, and can and should thereby constantly evolve.

This strategy is interdisciplinary. AI has the potential to influence numerous fields of application. Therefore, it is imperative to take an interdisciplinary approach to shaping AI for the future. More than 160 experts from a variety of disciplines (technology, economics, natural sciences to law, social sciences or educational sciences) were involved in the development of the strategy. This broad approach is also reflected in the numerous federal ministries involved.

The federal government‘s AI strategy is participative. Experts and other stakeholders have already been involved in drawing up the strategy. The strategy also includes broad participation of civil society organizations, intermediaries, and citizens in the implementation of the measures.

This strategy is European: The federal government attempts to formulate its target provisions in close coordination and comprehensive agreement with the fundamental values and objectives of the European Union and the Community measures. With this strategy, Austria thus also contributes to the promotion of Europe‘s industrial and technical performance and supports the spread of AI throughout the Union‘s economy.

This strategy is international: The federal government will actively participate at the international level in order to strengthen and concretise the international legal framework (especially human rights and international humanitarian law) for the digital space and to develop standards for the ethical use of AI in accordance with human rights.

The AIM AT 2030 comprises clear objectives and measures pursuing these, which are divided into general fields of action, and a selection of initial relevant fields of application on the subsequent pages.

The following figure shows the objectives and the individual fields of action of the two basic pillars "Trustworthy AI" and "Creating ecosystems". A detailed assignment of the measures to the three objectives is color-coded in the text.

Objectives - A broad use of AI oriented to the common good, Positioning Austria as an innovation location for AI in key areas and fields of strength, Positioning Austria as an innovation location for AI in key areas and fields of strength; Fields of Action - Create ecosystem: Making data usable, Creating and using knowledge, AI infra-structure, Qualification, education and training, Strengthening the competitiveness of the econo-my, Provide financing, Modernize public administration with AI; Trustworthy AI: Define ethical prin-ciples, Create legal framework, AI and work, Create AI standards, Security of AI systems, Social dia-logue)
Objectives and Fields of Action photo: BMK/BMDW

The AI application fields listed in the annex are broadly based and cover numerous sectors, including industry, climate protection, agriculture, energy, health, education, law, and culture. They will be regularly updated and supplemented depending on the topic area.

Fields of Application

  • AI as a tool for addressing climate change
  • Digitalized energy systems
  • AI for sustainable mobility
  • AI in agriculture
  • AI and space applications
  • City and energy space planning
  • AI in the material goods industry
  • AI in the building sector
  • AI in healthcare
  • AI in the arts, media and creative industries
  • AI in education

With this strategy, the Austrian Federal Government defined ambitious goals for dealing with AI. In line with the complexity of the topic, the AIM AT 2030 strategy is to be seen as the beginning of a process that will be subject to ongoing development.

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Contact

Sektion I: Digitalisierung@bmdw.gv.at