Satya Nadella

Calling for Global Cooperation on Artificial Intelligence

DLD Konferenz München
Source: Tobias Haase/DPA.

In contrast to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s unilateral approach to trade, Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella has called for more global cooperation – at least in the field of artificial intelligence.

“Inevitably, we will have to address needs and fears around artificial intelligence worldwide,” Mr. Nadella told German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview published Tuesday. The Indian-born CEO was attending the DLD conference in Munich.

Without naming Mr. Trump, the Microsoft boss said political leaders in democratic nations should exchange ideas and reach agreements on the subject.

“But there is no escaping the need to address the real issues like the balance between privacy and national security,” Mr. Nadella said, adding that such a balance cannot be achieved by individual states. “We’ll have to look into this globally.”

Mr. Nadella also emphasized the importance of making artificial intelligence “more democratic” and available to small businesses. “This means not just large companies in Germany like BMW will make their business more intelligent, but also small companies can use AI to make better decisions.”

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