The presence in Malaga of the new Security Engineering Center (GSEC), the results of the European presidency or the coding and research work in Madrid and Barcelona place Spain in a leading position in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), according to the technology giant Google.
“Spain and its president Pedro Sánchez have become leaders when it comes to AI, its AI environment and, of course, the European presidency that made the commitment on artificial intelligence (agreed last December) possible,” he said in a meeting with Efe, Kent Walker, director of Global Affairs of the multinational.
In the interview, granted within the framework of the Davos Economic Forum, the Google manager also highlighted the presence in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga, where a commitment of 10 million dollars (about 9.2 million euros) was recently announced. ) to train students in cybersecurity in Europe.
In fact, a study published today by Google highlights that 62% of Spaniards consider that “society as a whole” will benefit from artificial intelligence (AI), with significant changes in employment, where 91% consider that it will change some jobs or industries.
Walker, who is expected to hold a meeting with Pedro Sánchez in Davos tomorrow, Wednesday, assured that it is a technology ready to change everything: “I have never seen such enthusiasm as last year about the potential of this new technology as a tool for science. We talk about AI changing everything, from the everyday to the extraordinary.”
In this sense, they hope to be able to show their progress in Google tools for users, so that they serve to “make things easier for people in their work, as well as for scientists and doctors,” he points out.
Google “has an advantage” in the AI race
Walker believes that, despite the enormous competition, Google “has many years of experience in understanding how to work with AI and, therefore, we have been able to incorporate it into many products. We have an advantage when it comes to thinking about the tools for the new generation and how to improve them in the future”, reinforcing values such as transparency, security or privacy, he said.
In this sense, he considers that AI will be very important when it comes to controlling cybercrime: “We believe that, ultimately, AI will be a benefit for cybersecurity. Although in the short term it helps attackers find new ways of finding vulnerabilities, in the long term it will help us identify vulnerabilities in our systems,” he highlighted.
Regarding geopolitical leadership in this field, he has not wanted to commit to a winner. In the race for AI there is “a very open competition that, we hope, benefits everyone. We are seeing great advances in the American continent, but also in Europe and China,” he noted.