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9th Jul 19

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Europe is making AI rules now to avoid a new tech crisis

9th Jul 19

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The European Union has taken the global lead on tech regulation, introducing a landmark data privacy law last year while going after big tech companies for anti-competitive behaviour and unpaid taxes.

AI, which has captured the public's imagination and produced dire warnings on the potential for misuse, is the latest regulatory front for the bloc. It's not an easy topic. Google, for example, shuttered its new artificial intelligence ethics council last week after a swarm of employees demanded the removal of the president of a conservative think tank from the group.

The European Union has taken the global lead on tech regulation, introducing a landmark data privacy law last year while going after big tech companies for anti-competitive behaviour and unpaid taxes. AI, which has captured the public's imagination and produced dire warnings on the potential for misuse, is the latest regulatory front for the bloc. It's not an easy topic. The European Commission has crafted seven principles for guiding AI development and building trust. While the guidelines are not binding, they could form the basis of further action in the coming years.

Transparency is key

Mariya Gabriel, Europe's top official on the digital economy, said companies using AI systems should be transparent with the public. 'Peopl...

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