1. What is AI?

AI is the software that makes machines smart.

2. What is in it for me?

AI can solve data-driven business problems better and faster.

3. Why join us?

ICAI aspires to unite the best that AI research has to offer in The Netherlands.

4. How difficult can it be to do it yourself?

Depending on the application and the required technology, that may turn out rather disappointing. The biggest problem is that the required AI expertise is not widely available.

5. Why will ICAI succeed in connecting talent?

Our proposition to conduct fundamental AI research in a public-private setting should unite the advantages of knowledge institutes with those of the business community.

6. What are the risks?

Any technology of value can also be misused. To prevent this from happening, it is necessary to remove fear and distrust by sharing knowledge and new regulatory mechanisms.

7. How long will it take before I can just buy the AI tools somewhere?

Many AI tools are already commercially available, they are the results of years of scientific research and are typically at least between 3 and 5 years behind the current state-of-the-art and are one-size-fits-all. If you want to stay ahead of the pack you need to work with what is possible now, steer what is possible in the future, and let it optimally fit your business needs.

8. Will my data not end up in the wrong hands this way?

You are in control of what your AI tools do, on which data they operate and what data they learn from. Thus you can explicitly define what data stays in the company and what is shared with others.

9. Which of my departments will be most affected / have the biggest advantage?

AI will impact all departments in the company, albeit in different ways. AI will quickly replace laborious and relatively simple tasks. It will make the operation more efficient, provide management with the tools to make the right decisions at the right time and provide completely new relations with customers.

10. How many researchers work in one lab?

A lab generally consists of 5 PhD students, an assistant professor dedicated to that lab and two senior lab directors who help manage the lab.

11. What do I get out of it?

The advantages will be access to the talent pool, knowledge transfer, and access to AI course materials and lectures. The funding company will have an important say in the Intellectual Property Rights.

12. What risk do I run if I don’t invest in AI now?

AI technology will transform the economy. Not investing in AI may, depending on your business, result in a competitive disadvantage.

13. In what ways will my company interact with ICAI?

PhD students will regularly visit your company, which will result in knowledge transfer. Employees can participate in ICAI workshops and meetups as well as dedicated AI courses for industry.

14. Won’t the AI hype simply blow over?

Unlikely. The current level of investments by industry worldwide in AI is different than what we have seen before. As such AI has reached a state where it has become truly useful and commercializable. Rather compare it to the development of the internet.

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