Last Updated on November 24, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Title: Business and Tech Groups Warn EU Against Strict Regulations on AI Systems
In a bid to prevent the European Union from over-regulating artificial intelligence (AI) systems, popularly known as foundation models, several business and tech groups have raised concerns about the potential negative impact on start-ups and the overall innovation landscape. As negotiations on the upcoming AI rules reach their final stages, stakeholders fear that heavy regulation could stifle growth and drive start-ups out of the region.
Among the major points of contention is the regulation surrounding foundation models, which include notable AI systems like OpenAI’s ChatGPT. These models heavily rely on large sets of data and play a crucial role in the development and functioning of AI technology. DigitalEurope, a prominent association representing companies such as Airbus, Apple, and Google, is advocating for the EU to foster an environment that nurtures innovation in both foundation models and general-purpose artificial intelligence (GPAI).
The joint proposal put forth by France, Germany, and Italy, which suggests limiting AI rules for foundation models to transparency requirements, has garnered support from thirty-two European digital associations. The proposal aims to strike a balance between regulation and encouraging advancements in AI technology.
One of the concerns raised by companies is the potential clash between the proposed broad scope of the AI rules and existing legislation in sectors like healthcare. Siemens Healthineers, a leading healthcare technology company, has expressed discontent with the lack of attention given to the impact on the medical sector. Company representatives have stated that they feel like “collateral damage” in the push for stricter regulations.
Furthermore, creative industries have called for the AI rules to address copyright issues. However, companies argue that the existing copyright protections are adequate and resist the inclusion of additional regulations in this area.
As negotiations enter their final stages, EU countries and lawmakers seek to create a benchmark for AI regulation. The challenge lies in ensuring a fine balance between fostering innovation and protecting the well-being of various sectors impacted by AI technologies.
Overall, the debate surrounding the regulation of AI systems highlights the need for careful consideration and collaboration between regulators and stakeholders to promote responsible and impactful AI development without stifling innovation and economic growth.