The Netherlands is preparing for an economy in which artificial intelligence plays a larger role. Photo: FME, the Netherlands.


Artificial intelligence and robotics will change the world in which we live and work. Both industry and society will be affected, and these groundbreaking technologies will reshape healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, logistics, services, energy, and more.

Both technologies already surround us in everyday life. For instance, we use artificial intelligence when we use search engines or look up the fastest way to go from A to B. Robotics have been part of our manufacturing industry for decades, and Dutch manufacturers assemble Tesla cars for the European market.

In the coming years both technologies will likely permeate industry, services and society even more profoundly. The availability of. for instance data, computing power, sensors, and precision technology will accelerate artificial intelligence and robotics.

How can artificial intelligence and robotics improve society? How will companies change their business models? How will science benefit from these technologies? How we can make the transition in a responsible, ethical way? How can we secure the availability of jobs in the future?

Both in the United States and the Netherlands, industry, academia, startups and the government are working together to answer these questions, harvest new opportunities, and tackle the challenges.

Technology knows no boundaries. Dutch companies have invested over $2 billion in research and development in the US, including Philips’ research department in Boston. Other examples of international cooperation include Uber, which use TomTom real-time mapping technology to improve smart mobility, and NXP, which makes computer chips for the American automotive and security industry.

Recently the American artificial intelligence and robotics company Brain Corp opened its European headquarters in Amsterdam.

The Netherlands is one of the most important partners in the Boston innovation ecosystem, making the Netherlands and Boston a natural fit for artificial intelligence and robotics. We expect our partnership to grow through more cross-border investments.

The two leaders of the AI-robotics track are Hans de Jong, CEO of Philips Nederland, and Rina Joosten-Rabou of Seedlink, which uses artificial intelligence to improve recruiting routines for large clients.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will also attend several parts of this track, including a visit to the MIT’s computer science and artificial intelligence lab and Philips’ head office of research and development. The business delegation will spend three days in Boston for visits and a public seminar on public acceptance and safety of autonomous vehicles.

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