A Transatlantic AI Innovation Agenda?
Opportunities for the New German Government and the United States
Artificial intelligence is a key emerging technology for the economic and industrial future and is increasingly used in systems and applications that are transforming societies in Germany and the United States. On both sides of the Atlantic, governments are seeking to foster greater AI innovation and at the same time mitigate privacy concerns and prevent AI risks. They are also more proactive in seeking cooperation to both promote shared liberal democratic values and advance common economic interests through AI applications.
Germany’s future policy for AI innovation at the national and EU level will shape transatlantic cooperation on this issue. The three parties that form the new German government, the Social Democrats (SPD), the Green Party, and the Free Democrats (FDP), have pledged stronger government support to facilitate AI entrepreneurship as well as more cooperation with European partners on AI research in their coalition agreement. They also promised to boost AI development and support regulation at the European level. Will the new government in Berlin succeed in transforming Germany into a major AI innovation hub? What opportunities could future German AI policy generate for the transatlantic partnership?
In the United States, startups and established tech companies continue to drive AI innovation in the commercial space, while the U.S. government is increasingly investing in AI-related defense technologies and research into AI fairness. Efforts are also underway—notably through the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council—to develop and implement trustworthy and human-centric AI with European partners.
In this virtual panel, policy experts from Germany and the United States will evaluate strengths and weaknesses of their respective AI ecosystems and explore opportunities for advancing a transatlantic AI innovation agenda.
Tyson Barker is the head of the Technology and Global Affairs Program at German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). He previously worked at Aspen Germany where, as deputy executive director and fellow, he was responsible for the institute’s digital and transatlantic programs. Prior to that, Barker served in numerous positions including as senior advisor in the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. State Department and director for transatlantic relations at the Bertelsmann Foundation. Barker has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Dr. Charina Chou leads Google’s global public policy strategy for emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and health. Prior to Google, Charina served as a White House Fellow in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and recognized with awards from the National Science Foundation and the Materials Research Society. Charina holds a BS in Chemistry from Stanford University and a PhD in Nanotechnology from UC Berkeley.
Dr. Anna Christmann has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2017. She is Spokeswoman for Innovation and Technology as well as for Civic Engagement for Alliance 90/The Greens. She is also a member of the German-French Parliamentary Assembly and part of its working group “Innovation and AI.” Dr. Christmann earned her doctorate in political science at the University of Bern and held a postdoc position at the Center for Democracy Studies of the University of Zurich.
This event will convene via Zoom. Contact Yixiang Xu with any questions at email@example.com.
This event is supported by and presented in partnership with the Heinrich Boell Foundation Washington, DC.