In the rapidly evolving world of artificial intelligence (AI), a new development has emerged. European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Vera Jourova, has recently disclosed a significant convergence in the understanding and approach to generative AI between the European Union and Japan. Speaking in an interview with Reuters, Jourova highlighted that this shared viewpoint is creating an opportunity for deeper collaboration on technology matters between the two entities.
The European Union has been leading the charge in regulating emergent technology with its assertive AI Act. Meanwhile, Japan is considering a more flexible set of guidelines to spur economic growth. Despite the different approaches, there seems to be a mutual understanding and willingness to cooperate on technology such as AI, cybersecurity, and chips – all seen as crucial for economic security.
Jourova’s recent visit to China showcased a stark contrast in AI perception. She noted that her conversations with Japanese partners were more fluid because of the shared fundamental understanding of AI. This eases the process of discussing complex topics around AI regulation and offers a chance for more productive dialogue.
The Group of Seven industrial powers are presently devising guidelines for generative AI. This technology is being met with both excitement and concern, and it is under a process established in Hiroshima. Discussions are moving forward to launch consultations on an AI framework. However, a code of conduct for companies involved in AI still requires further work, according to Jourova.