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Europe’s Technical Debt: Why We Need Web Search in the Age of Generative AI

Malte Ostendorff; Pedro Ortiz Suarez; Julian Moreno Schneider; Georg Rehm
In: Proceedings of 5th International Open Search Symposium. International Open Search Symposium (OSSYM-2023), October 4-6, Geneva, Switzerland, OSSYM, 2023.


Generative AI has completely changed the landscape of machine learning, allowing researchers and practitioners to tackle tasks thought to be impossible. The proliferation of generative AI models revolutionises the way we process and use information. However, this age of rapid technological innovations is dominated by US-based enterprises. Europe is lagging behind in developing large AI models and is expected to have a hard time catching up. One of the reasons is the technical debt that Europe has been accumulating since it lost and stopped competing in the race of the previous technological revolution – Web search.