The European Union is making strides in the realm of artificial intelligence legislation. Just a few days ago, EU countries and lawmakers reached a provisional agreement on AI rules. Now, experts are gearing up for a series of meetings starting Tuesday. Their goal is to iron out the nitty-gritty details of the laws, such as defining their scope and operational mechanisms.
The discussions will delve into the legalities of governmental AI use, particularly in biometric surveillance, and address copyright concerns raised by AI foundation models. Additionally, the regulation of significant AI systems, including the likes of ChatGPT, is high on the agenda. The EU is on the cusp of becoming the first global power to lay down laws for the burgeoning AI sector, having nailed down a political agreement after intensive negotiations.
The text of the AI Act, once agreed upon, will undergo a formal editing process to produce a consolidated version. The Council and the European Parliament will have to formally agree on the wording before it’s published in the Official Journal. This will kick-start the sunrise period, as explained by Alexander Duisberg, a partner at Ashurst law firm. Notably, heavyweight countries such as France and Germany are keen to scrutinize the fine print of the AI Act, especially since they have previously endorsed views from companies like Mistral and Aleph Alpha regarding the regulation of foundation models.
With the AI Act expected to come into force in 2026, the EU is paving the way for robust governance in the AI landscape. This move is seen as a significant step in ensuring that AI development and deployment are aligned with the values and regulations that protect EU citizens.