Following a crucial vote on Thursday, European legislators moved one step closer to approving new regulations governing AI technologies like ChatGPT. The much awaited European Union AI Act, which will provide new regulations for the use of facial recognition, biometric surveillance, and other AI applications, is expected to be the first complete legislation controlling the technology. The Act is now anticipated to advance to the next stage of the procedure, in which MPs finalize the law’s specifics with the European Commission and individual member states, after two years of talks.
One of the EU parliamentarians (MEPs) in charge of crafting the rules, Dragos Tudorache, stated in a statement prior to the voting by two legislative committees: “It is a difficult transaction. However, I believe it is a package that benefits everyone who took part in the negotiations. “Our societies anticipate that we will take decisive action about artificial intelligence and its effects on their life. You only need to turn on the TV to realize how significant this has become for residents over the past two to three months.
According to the ideas, AI technologies will be ranked from low to unacceptable in terms of perceived danger. Depending on the level of risk, governments and businesses employing these tools will have varying responsibilities. In a vote on Thursday morning, MEPs decided to impose additional transparency regulations on generative AI tools like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and to outlaw the use of facial recognition in public places. According to Greens MEP Kim van Sparrentak, “This vote is a milestone in regulating AI and a clear signal from the Parliament that fundamental rights should be a cornerstone of that.” Rather than the other way around, “AI should serve people, society, and the environment.”