‘The European Union wants to become the world's super-regulator in AI”,The Economist tells us. This is one of many headlines proliferating everywhere these days. And it is a big deal, no doubt. I've been pointing to the need for better rules on AI in many of my keynotes for quite some time:) And now, Covid-19 has exponentially accelerated technological growth which in turn has finally increased the urgency to regulate technology.
“For now cited high risk examples fall into the following categories: Biometric identification and categorisation of natural persons; Management and operation of critical infrastructure; Education and vocational training; Employment, workers management and access to self-employment; Access to and enjoyment of essential private services and public services and benefits; Law enforcement; Migration, asylum and border control management; Administration of justice and democratic processes.”
“We need to define a set of bottom-line digital ethics—ethics that are fit for the Digital Age: open enough not to put the brakes on progress or hamper innovation, yet strong enough to protect our humanness. A compass, not a map, towards a future that will see increasingly powerful technologies first empower, then augment and then increasingly threaten humanity. To this end, I propose that we create a Global Digital Ethics Council (GDEC) tasked with defining what the ground rules and most basic and universal values of such a dramatically different, fully digitized society should be.”
This is also one of my key memes for 2021 – you can watch my new 2021 series here .
There are also transparency requirements for certain use-cases of AI — such as chatbots and deepfakes — where EU lawmakers believe that potential risk can be mitigated by informing users they are interacting with something artificial.
“A new body, called the European Artificial Intelligence Board (EAIB), will also be set up to support a consistent application of the regulation — in a mirror to the European Data Protection Boardhttps://t.co/ykpOdEOySO Kinda like my digital ethics council 🎃 @riptari
Gerd is a Futurist and a Humanist, a leading global Keynote Speaker (live-on-stage as well as virtually / remotely), the Author of 5 books including ‘Technology vs. Humanity’ and a Film-Maker. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in London, and the CEO of The Futures Agency in Zürich / Switzerland. People, Planet, Purpose and Prosperity is Gerd's credo.