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EU approaches AI regulation deal

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EU approaches AI regulation deal

The surge in generative artificial intelligence (AI) development has prompted governments globally to rush toward regulating the emerging technology. The trend matches the European Union’s efforts to implement the world’s first set of comprehensive rules for AI.

Source: ReadWrite

In lengthy negotiations, delegates from the European Commission, Parliament, and 27 member states reached a tentative compromise on rules that would govern AI systems like chatbots and generative AI tools such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard. Sources close to the closed-door talks say a formal deal is expected early Thursday morning.

The new AI Act would be the first major regulation of AI systems outside of Asia and would fill a notable void left by inaction from the U.S. Congress. Technology policy experts see the rules as likely setting an influential precedent for AI governance globally.

Among the most complex negotiations have centered around specific requirements for generative AI systems - AI tools capable of producing original text, images, audio, and video on command. These systems include chatbots like ChatGPT and creative tools like DALL-E 2.

The tentative deal would mandate that developers of generative AI maintain detailed documentation on how models are trained and what copyrighted source material is utilized. Models would need to be clearly labelled as AI-generated.

For European officials, a key priority has been balancing the need to foster an indigenous AI industry against managing potential societal dangers from uncontrolled AI systems.

With elections coming in June, officials have raced to finalize language and pass regulations before a new Commission and Parliament takes office. The technical specifics will still need to be refined in follow-up meetings between national representatives.

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