Artificial Intelligence : Usa Vs Europe?


Author : Sai Renganayaki | 09-07-2019 | 397 Views

AI or Artificial Intelligence has seemed to take over the world. With humans depending on AI for almost everything, it is now considered a big factor of economic growth in most of the developed countries. The US has been the pioneer in AI with companies like Google, Tesla, FB and Amazon to name a few.

Lately, the Trump administration has put up work restrictions for Indian STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students. Unlike in the past, these students may not be allowed the 3-year optional practical training (OPT) after completing their courses in engineering or sciences.  Nor will they be eligible for an H-1B work visa.  Apart from that, the ludicrous amount in tuition fee by US universities is another deterrent. With no guarantee of placement, the whole point of a study in this area is questionable.

Whereas, Europe has been very welcoming to students wishing to study AI with its attractive post-study work visa policy. Getting a work permit after studies here is possible. Europe has some of the top universities specializing in AI like Delft, Technical University of Berlin, Radboud University, University of Groningen, and Jacobs University Bremen and many more. A recent trend has also shown that Europe has published more research papers than the USA or China. Along with that, all of Europe offers low-cost tuition and great professional future. Big tech companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google have a strong presence in Europe too.  

A standard bachelor course in AI will be for three years (unlike four years in the US) and is offered by the computer science faculty. The entry criteria for a bachelor in AI are Math+ English in the 12th and in some cases physics too. Unlike in India, one does not need chemistry to pursue computers or AI.

Mobile applications make it easier for any company to connect with their customers and can be great marketing tools to develop business. Germany is home to a lot of such innovative tech start-ups with ambitious entrepreneurs. N26, founded in 2013 in Berlin, is a mobile bank that uses AI to track and manage spending habits. Its market has expanded especially in the Nordic market. Smarty Pro is another software development company that delivers consumer applications and enterprise solutions globally.

The Netherlands too has such companies thanks to its progressive tax incentives, visas for skilled workers, diverse English-speaking population, and great location. Another start-up, “Effect. AI” aims to develop a decentralized platform for AI development and services. It is working to define the future relationship between humanity and AI. There are many good start-ups in the Netherlands and we have embedded a link for the Top 10 start-ups here

The French President Emmanuel Macron has recognized AI as an important force and has laid out initiatives to increase the amount of research for the same in France.