< BACK TO SUMMITS January 2018 Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Search Artificial Intelligence Digital Innovation Against the backdrop of an intensifying debate on the future and power of artificial intelligence, the Lisbon Council convened the High-Level Working Lunch on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Search. Ben Gomes, vice-president of search engineering at Google, kicked off the debate with a wide-ranging look at the frontline challenge: what role does search play in the emerging digital society? And how do you keep search results objective and effective in a world where so many people are trying to game the outcome? Carl Buhr, deputy head of the cabinet of Mariya Gabriel, commissioner for digital economy and society, chimed in with a fascinating overview of European Commission plans and priorities. The High-Level Working Lunch was part of a series convened by the Lisbon Council to explore the challenge and opportunity of artificial intelligence. The results will feed into a series of working papers to be published later this year.