Blog Anne Meuwese on European AI regulation
Yesterday, the European Commission presented its long-anticipated proposal for an AI regulation. After the Commission had outlined the European legislation at the start of 2020 in its white paper on artificial intelligence ‘A European approach to excellence and trust’, a concrete proposal for a European regulation is now on the table.
In the past five years, artificial intelligence (AI) seems to have become the new magic word to replace big data. At the same time, the proposed AI regulation confirms that AI systems will have to be fed by large amounts of data. Behind the denominator AI lies an abundance of modern computer technologies (e.g. machine learning, deep learning, knowledge-based systems) that all have in common that the computer system can increasingly operate independently to a greater or lesser extent. The potential of AI seems limitless, but at the same time there are concerns about the risks that come with using this technology, such as bias in algorithms and the lack of any human intervention.
According to Anne Meuwese Professor of Public Law & Governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Leiden University, and Johan Wolswinkel, Tilburg University, the AI regulation presented by the European Commission is both a work in progress as well as a significant step forwards.