A common US-EU code and rules to keep artificial intelligence (AI) at bay. On the surface it seems like a good idea. But in reality it may hide numerous pitfalls, as we will see shortly.
What is certain is that the wish that Sam Altman, ChatGpt’s daddy, expressed during his hearing in the US Senate is taking shape. And, as we saw on that occasion, there is a risk that the controlled will write the rules that will control it.
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What the EU and USA will do to limit AI
An urgency that prompted Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to meet with Gina Raimondo, US Secretary of Commerce, during the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council held in Sweden.
Commissioner Vestager summed up the meeting with a tweet. In which she said that the regulation of artificial intelligence is a necessary step.
This code of conduct will not be binding. But whether or not Big Tech companies such as OpenAI and Google adhere to it will be a test of sincerity on the part of multinationals.
For Vestager, it is necessary to ‘show that democracy is in step with the times. Because, yes, legislative procedures take their own time, that’s the nature of legislation. But this is a way for democracies to respond in real time to a question that is really in front of us. I find it very encouraging to do this. And I look forward to working with as many people as possible in a thorough and very fast way’.
Gina Raimondo, US Secretary of Commerce, also emphasised the urgency of acting as quickly as possible. So as not to be caught unprepared. ‘Unlike other technologies, the pace of innovation is breakneck.
Sam Altman behind it all?
Sam Altman himself is among the signatories of a recent appeal in which he speaks of a generic ‘extinction’ risk.
Artificial intelligence is an issue that should be treated, according to him and many others, as seriously as pandemic emergencies and nuclear war risks.
And indeed, there is a risk that the companies working on the AI of the future are eager to meet with EU and US politicians with the sole aim of avoiding overly binding constraints on their work.
And, perhaps, at the same time, obtaining regulations limiting competition and the entry of newcomers to the market.
The pitfalls (not only for AI)
As anticipated above, the common rules of the EU and the US on a strategic issue such as the Ia are viewed with concern by several observers who fear that the States, already far ahead in the sector, will only use them to avoid overtaking the realities of the Old Continent, with a view to ‘who is in now, fine, but now it is necessary to provide rigid entry filters for those who want to enter in the future’.
Of course, Brussels and Washington understandably want to present a united front with regard to Chinese artificial intelligences (Baidu has launched a 145 billion dollar mega fund to support companies dealing with artificial intelligences and Baidu itself is working on the development of Ernie Bot). But as Biden’s wrath shows, the EU cannot trust the US too much either.