Controversies around artificial intelligence (AI) and its use of copyrighted material have been popping up around the web left and right after a major uptick in the use of the technology for content creation.
Legislators in the European Union have responded to the growing usage of AI in a vote on April 27, which pushed forward a draft of a new bill designed to keep the technology and companies developing it in check.
Fine details of the bill will be finalized in the next round of deliberations among legislatures and member states. Though it currently stands, AI tools will soon be classified according to their risk level. The risk levels begin at minimal, limited, and high and go until unacceptable.
According to the bill, the high-risk tools will not be completely banned, though they will be subjected to tougher transparency procedures. In particular, generative AI tools, including ChatGPT and Midjourney, will be obliged to disclose any use of copyrighted materials in AI training.
Svenja Hahn, a deputy of the European Parliament, commented in response to the current status of the bill as a middle ground between too much surveillance and over-regulation that protects citizens, ” as well as foster innovation and boost the economy.”
The bill is a part of the EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act and was proposed as draft rules nearly two years ago.
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In the same week, the European think tank Eurofi, composed of enterprises in the public and private sectors, released the latest edition of its magazine that included an entire section on AI and machine learning (ML) applications in finance in the EU.
The section included five mini-essays on AI innovation and regulation within the EU, particularly for use in the financial industry, all of which touched on the upcoming Artificial Intelligence Act.
One author, Georgina Bulkeley, the director for EMEA financial services solutions at Google Cloud, said in reference to the legislation:
“AI is too important not to regulate. And, it’s too important not to regulate well.”
These developments come shortly after the EU’s data watchdog voiced concern for the potential troubles AI companies in the United States will run into if they are not in line with GDPR.
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