Artificial intelligence: A Global Force, A Global Responsibility

The European Commission's AI law prohibits AI tools that are deemed to carry unacceptable risks

by Sededin Dedovic
Artificial intelligence: A Global Force, A Global Responsibility
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Artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionized various industries by leveraging its ability to process vast amounts of data, identifying patterns and trends within it. This capability has enabled AI to predict future behavior in financial markets, analyze city traffic patterns, and even assist doctors in diagnosing diseases before symptoms manifest.

However, AI's potential benefits come with inherent risks that must be addressed. AI can pose threats to privacy by automating tasks, potentially leading to job displacement and the obsolescence of certain professions. Additionally, AI can be used to spread misinformation on social media, influencing public opinion and propagating both positive and negative ideas.

Moreover, algorithms can inherit biases from the real-world data used to train them, potentially perpetuating discrimination in areas such as employment.

The European Union has passed a law that should significantly reduce the dangers that can be caused by AI

To mitigate these risks, comprehensive AI regulation is crucial.

The European Commission's AI Act aims to strike a balance between minimizing potential dangers and encouraging innovation in the field. Similarly, the UK's AI Security Institute seeks to address these concerns. The EU AI Act bans AI tools deemed to carry unacceptable risks, including "social scoring" products that classify individuals based on their behavior and real-time facial recognition.

The Act also imposes strict regulations on high-risk AI applications that may negatively impact fundamental rights, including security.

The USA and China are the current leading countries in the field of AI technology

The US and China are actively shaping the AI regulatory landscape.

The US president's recent executive order mandates AI developers to provide the federal government with risk assessments of their applications, including cyberattack vulnerability, data used for training and testing, and performance metrics.

Additionally, the order outlines incentives to attract international talent and promote innovation in the US AI industry. China's AI regulations demonstrate a keen interest in generative AI and protection against Deep Fake tools, which can create synthetically produced images and videos mimicking real people's appearances and voices to convey false events.

Effective AI regulation requires collaboration among all stakeholders, including government bodies, AI developers, and the general public. Public discourse and engagement are essential in shaping AI policies that address potential risks while fostering innovation and ensuring that this powerful technology benefits society as a whole.