The EU creates the first law against the damages of Artificial Intelligence
European Union lawmakers reached a deal on Friday agreeing on one of the world's first comprehensive artificial intelligence laws.
The landmark legislation, called the AI Act, will create a regulatory framework to promote the development of AI while addressing the risks associated with the rapidly evolving technology. The legislation prohibits harmful AI practices "considered to be a clear threat to the safety, livelihood and rights of people".
The law comes amid growing fears about the disruptive capabilities of Artificial Intelligence.
At a press conference, Roberta Metsola, the president of the European Parliament, called the law 'a balanced and human-centred approach' that will 'undoubtedly set the global standard for years to come'.
The regulatory framework, which classifies AI uses by risk, was first proposed in 2021.
The most dangerous uses of AI are prohibited. Under the law, they include systems that exploit specific vulnerable groups, biometric identification systems for law enforcement purposes and artificial intelligence that uses 'subliminal techniques'.
Limited-risk systems, such as chatbots such as OpenAI's ChatGPT, or technology that generates images, audio or video content, are subject to new transparency obligations under this law.
'#AIAct is much more than a rulebook - it's a starting point for EU startups and researchers to lead the global AI race,' wrote Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for the Internal Market, in a press release social. "The best is yet to come."
Some of the companies behind the technology have experienced frustration with the new law that will set new rules of the game.