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Europe Cracks Down On AI

Will America follow them?

The European Union was already making rules on use of artificial intelligence in 2021, until something changed that caused them to rethink everything.

With the recent development of generative A.I., like people plugging prompts into a computer to make their own pictures, that immediately raised a huge issue with the E.U., who already had made a rulebook around A.I. back in 2021.

Earlier this month, the E.U. seemed to land on a tentative agreement on what they call the “A.I. Act,” after some backlash from tech industry lobby groups. “Today’s political deal marks the beginning of important and necessary technical work on crucial details of the AI Act, which are still missing,” stated Daniel Friedlaender, the head of the European Office of the Computer and Communications Industry Association, one of those lobby groups. Try saying that ten times fast.

According to Brando Benifei, a lawmaker co-leading the A.I. Act negotiation, the E.U. still needs to actually vote on the act to put it into effect, but with negotiations done it’s basically just a formality. After being asked if it included everything that he wanted, Benifei said: “Obviously we had to accept some compromises but overall very good.”

Anu Bradford, a Columbia law professor and expert on EU law and digital regulation, said the new rules on A.I.: “can set a powerful example for many governments considering regulation.” You can read the rest of the story on AP News.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government hasn’t been making any regulations on the rapid development of A.I. technology. The White House released a blueprint for an “AI Bill of Rights,” which includes denouncing the use of discrimination from algorithms, personal data collection, and opting out of automated customer service in favor of human service.

Europe’s actions against protecting the world from A.I. should give the rest of the world inspiration to do the same, including the United States.


By Inti Navia, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago

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Written by Inti Navia

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