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STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) -European Union policymakers on Friday agreed a provisional deal on landmark guidelines governing using synthetic intelligence (AI), together with governments’ use of AI in biometric surveillance and methods to regulate AI techniques comparable to ChatGPT.
Here are some response to the information from key individuals and specialists:
Alexandra van Huffelen, Dutch minister of digitalisation:
“Dealing with AI means fairly distributing the opportunities and the risks. AI is set to play a major role in many of the sectors in which the Netherlands excels, such as agriculture, education, health care and peace and security.
“I’m extraordinarily happy with this European define settlement. We should nonetheless stay vigilant in respect of each the alternatives and the dangers round using AI and enforcement of the foundations.”
Daniel Friedlaender, head of CCIA Europe (a non-profit commerce affiliation for pc and communications trade):
“Last night’s political deal marks the beginning of important and necessary technical work on crucial details of the AI Act, which are still missing. Regrettably, speed seems to have prevailed over quality, with potentially disastrous consequences for the European economy. The negative impact could be felt far beyond the AI sector alone.”
Dutch MEP Kim van Sparrentak, who worked closely on the draft AI rules:
“Europe chooses its own path and does not follow the Chinese surveillance state.
After a huge battle with the EU countries, we have restricted the use of these types of systems. In a free and democratic society you should be able to walk on the street without the government constantly following you on the street, at festivals or in football stadiums.”
Daniel Leufer, senior coverage analyst at non-profit group, Access Now, which defends digital rights of individuals and communities in danger:
“Whatever the victories could have been in these closing negotiations, the actual fact stays that vast flaws will stay on this closing textual content: loopholes for legislation enforcement, lack of safety within the migration context, opt-outs for builders and large gaps within the bans on essentially the most harmful AI techniques.”
Daniel Castro, vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF):
“Given how quickly AI is creating, EU lawmakers ought to have hit pause on any laws till they higher perceive what precisely it’s they’re regulating. There is probably going an equal, if not higher, danger of unintended penalties from poorly conceived laws than there’s from poorly conceived expertise. And sadly, fixing expertise is often a lot simpler than fixing unhealthy legal guidelines.
The EU ought to give attention to successful the innovation race, not the regulation race. AI guarantees to open a brand new wave of digital progress in all sectors of the financial system. But it isn’t working with out constraints.
Existing legal guidelines and laws apply, and it’s nonetheless too quickly to know precisely what new guidelines could also be mandatory. EU policymakers ought to re-read the story of the tortoise and the hare. Acting shortly could give the phantasm of progress, however it doesn’t assure success.”
Enza Iannopollo, analyst at Forrester, a analysis and advisory group:
“Despite the criticism, this is good news for businesses and society. For businesses, it starts providing companies with a solid framework for the assessment and mitigation of risks, that — if unchecked — could hurt customers and curtail businesses’ ability to benefit from their investments in the technology. And for society, it helps protect people from potential, detrimental outcomes.”