The European Union and the United States have agreed to jointly promote a voluntary code of conduct to reduce the risks posed by generative artificial intelligence (Like ChatGPT). The initiative, which will be launched in a matter of “weeks”, will be open to other partners and collaborators such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan or India.
This is the main outcome of the 4th ministerial meeting EU-US Business and Technology Council (TTC, for its short form in English), which was held this Wednesday in the Swedish city of Luleå. Until both Brussels and Washington pass legislation to curb AI, the code of conduct is supposed to serve as a bridge. The EU is already discussing a proposed regulation, but it will still take years before it is implemented.
“We have had an in-depth and productive discussion on artificial intelligence, including generative AI. And I think we share one belief: that the TTC should play an important role in establishing a voluntary code of conduct, that Will be open to all like-minded countries“, the US Secretary of State explained, Anthony Blinkenat the end of the meeting.
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“There is always a gap between the time when new technologies emerge and the impact they have on people and the time it takes for governments and institutions to figure out how to legislate or regulate them. And now We are feeling the extreme urgency of this momentEspecially with regard to generative AI,” Blinken insisted.
There is therefore a need for a voluntary code of conduct which acts as a short-term response and which allows “Minimizing some of the potential issues and maximizing the benefits of this extraordinary technologySays the Secretary of State.
,Of course, we need a responsible artificial intelligence, Generative AI is a real turning point, a very powerful tool,” said Danish liberal Margrethe Vestager, Commission’s Executive Vice-President.
Vestager has announced the presentation in the “coming weeks” of a draft Code of Conduct on Artificial Intelligence, which will take into account contributions from industry as well as independent institutions. target is a fixed text “very soon” To which the companies of the region “voluntarily” join.
“We have different legislative processes and it will take at least two or three years for these rules to come into force. And we’re talking about abnormal technological acceleration, That is why we believe it is very important that citizens see that democracy can deliver results: certainly with legislation, but also to cover the period until then”, the Vice President said.
Representatives of the European Union and the United States discussed ways to deal with the rise of China during a meeting in Sweden on Wednesday. Blinken and Vestager have tried to play down differences in approach between Washington (which calls for a tougher tone towards Beijing) and Brussels (which is committed to maintaining cooperation).
“We share the same vision. None of us wants confrontation, none of us wants a Cold War, and none of us wants isolation. On the contrary, We all benefit from investing in and doing business with China And instead of isolating, we want to focus on mitigating risk,” Blinken said.