30 August 2005

John Thackara voicing doubts again on EU research priorities

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The European Commission has published a new plan, called i2010 for ‘the completion of a Single European Information Space’.

The Commission proposes an 80% increase in funding for ICT research focused on areas where Europe has recognised strengths: nano-electronics, embedded systems, communications, and ’emerging areas such as web-services and cognitive systems’.

Now you probably knew, but I did not, that Europe is a leader in cognitive systems. To be frank, I had no idea what they are, or do. So I checked them out.

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