In the coming years, the Dutch government will invest tens of millions of euros in so-called ‘key technology’ such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing. The government is also making extra money available for cyber resilience.
From 2021 onwards, the government will invest 10 million euros every year in what it calls ‘key technology’, with the Ministry of Economic Affairs referring in particular to quantum technology and artificial intelligence. Key technologies are techniques that ‘radically change the way we live, learn, innovate, work and produce and offer opportunities to solve problems in society’. The aforementioned amounts have already been promised and go beyond the so-called National Growth Fund. The latter is a fund with which the Dutch cabinet will invest a total of 20 billion euros in knowledge development, research and infrastructure over the next five years.
Research on artificial intelligence in particular has drawn the attention of the government in the Budget Memorandum presented on Tuesday. In 2021, the Dutch AI coalition will receive an investment of € 23.5 million to further grow and conduct research into artificial intelligence and the development of applications. The AI coalition is a public-private partnership consisting of, among others, the Dutch technical universities, SURF, IBM, Google and other parties. According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands must gain a leading position in the field of artificial intelligence that adds value for people, society and the economy.
The ministry is also striving to strengthen the cyber resilience of the Netherlands, the extent to which the Netherlands can defend itself against digital threats. To this end, the tasks of the Digital Trust Center will be expanded, including with a legal basis for processing and sharing confidential information about digital threats to enterprising Netherlands. There will also be an information campaign about ‘cyber hygiene’, keeping digital security in order, and the ministry promises to commit to European standards for IoT devices.