“THE ACT OF AI”. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS, EU STATES AGREE
After two years of negotiations, the European Union agreed on a regulatory framework for artificial intelligence. Member states are taking this step in response to the popularity of tools such as ChatGPT, which carry risks as well as benefits.
On Friday EU member states finally agreed and approved new laws governing the safety and use of artificial intelligence (AI). The European Commission warned of the need to regulate AI as early as April 2021, Deutsche Welle reports. And after Open AI launched its ChatGPT chatbot, the pressure to create a package of laws intensified.
Within the Union, the topic has been intensively debated for the last two years. EU countries approved draft legislation back in December. The approval of the rules by the 27 EU member states was then considered a formality, but countries such as France and Germany have expressed some concerns about the new regulations. As a result, negotiations on the final version of the laws dragged on.
The European Union aims to set global standards for the use of artificial intelligence in industries ranging from banking to manufacturing to medicine and travel. The rules also address military uses of AI and define safety parameters.