The last few months have been a tumultuous ride for those of us concerned about ensuring our fundamental rights are protected as the EU develops its artificial intelligence (AI) policy. While EU Commission Vice Presidents Vestager and Jourová recently committed to “proactively” combating the threat of AI systems reinforcing structural discrimination, other developments have been less promising. A number of Member States have taken a strong anti-regulation position in the debate, and yesterday the European Parliament voted on a number of reports related to AI, including one report on AI and ethics, that leave a lot to be desired. With the Commission gearing up to propose new legislation early next year, there is a lot at stake. Here we take a closer look at these developments, and explain what EU regulators must do to safeguard our rights.
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