EU urged to speed up AI regulation, says Margrethe Vestager

EU Commission VP Margrethe Vestager is urging the EU to speed up work on the AI Act and controlling the risks from AI. Vestager believes that the first meeting of political negotiation should take place before the summer to ensure legislation is put in place by the end of the year.

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The Vice President of the European Commission, Margrethe Vestager, has urged the European Union to speed up its work on passing AI legislation and control the risks associated with the technology. In 2021, the European Commission put forward regulatory proposals; however, progress has been slow. Vestager believes that the EU needs to move quickly and hopes the first meeting of the political negotiation will take place before summer 2023 so that the legislation can be put in place by the end of the year.

Vestager’s proposals include the EU’s draft rules, which outlaw certain uses of AI, such as generalised surveillance. Companies must also authorise themselves for other high-risk uses, including facial recognition. The Vice President has assured the public that the proposed legislation is future-proof because it targets the uses of AI and not the specific technologies behind it. Vestager also addressed concerns over ChatGPT, stating that it would be caught by the AI Act, which regulates the use of AI technology.