What is next for AI regulation?

What is next for AI regulation? Senior Technologist Adam Leon Smith CITP FBCS explores the implications of the EU AI Act.

In September 2021, there was a panel at a ForHumanity conference, with senior guests from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the US Government and Accountability Office, the European Commission and the UK Accreditation Service. The topic was AI-specific regulation, whether it is needed, the progress it is making and the implementation complexities.

Paul Nemitz, from the European Commission, outlined the need for the proposed AI Act in the EU. Whilst GDPR regulates automated decision-making, it is focused on the use of personal data, rather than the technologies themselves. In Paul’s opinion this leaves a gap, and the Act is expected to pass early in 2022.

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