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European Union Seeks To Regulate AI

As you know, everyone is concerned about the increasing functionality of artificial intelligence.

The European Union’s Artificial Intelligence Act would be the latest in a series of regulations the bloc has pushed forward that is expected to reverberate through the global tech industry and affect some of its biggest players. Earlier legislation from the EU set out new competition and online content rules that affect large U.S. tech companies including Meta Platforms, Apple and Google’s parent, Alphabet.

“The EU is the first in the world to set in place robust regulation on AI,” said Dragos Tudorache, a member of the European Parliament from Romania who was one of the body’s lead negotiators of the AI Act.

The deal agreed to by lawmakers includes bans on several AI applications, such as untargeted scraping of images to create facial-recognition databases, and sets rules for systems that lawmakers consider to be high-risk, according to a statement from the European Parliament. It also includes transparency rules for general-purpose AI systems and the models that power them.

Penalties for breaking the rules could reach up to 7% of a company’s global revenue, depending on the size of the company and the rule that was broken, according to the statement.

(Via WSJ.)

Some are willing to go as far as science fiction writer William Gibson, author of Neuromancer (1984), and describe an extreme solution to a dire problem:

"See, those things, they can work real hard, buy themselves time to write cookbooks or whatever, but the minute, I mean the nanosecond, that one starts figuring out ways to make itself smarter, Turing'll wipe it. Nobody trusts those fuckers, you know that. Every AI ever built has an electromagnetic shotgun wired to its forehead."

(Read more about William Gibson's electromagnetic shotgun for AI)

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