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The EU Is Considering A Ban On AI For Mass Surveillance

Developing artificial intelligence is a double-edged sword. Especially for systems that can affect humans directly like self-driving cars, home automation, and mass surveillance. While it is beneficial but giving such power to a computer that is just a hack away from turning against its maker is rather worrying. The European Union itself is considering banning the use of artificial intelligence.

This news comes through a leaked proposal for the bans which is circulating online. The official announcement is expected next week but if the proposal is adopted it would see the EU banning key applications of AI across its countries. According to the proposal, all member states would be required to set up boards to test and validate high-risk artificial intelligence systems.

According to Daniel Leufer, Europe policy analyst, “The descriptions of AI systems to be prohibited are vague and full of language that is unclear and would create serious room for loopholes”. Commentating on the draft he said that the policies were far from ideal.

The draft circulating the internet includes the following points

The official announcement is to come next week, i.e April 21st. It is currently unclear as to how different the finalized proposal will be but we can hope it is changed as the current is vague and could be exploited.

Policies like these need time to be perfected. The current wordings are vague and some prohibitions are far too lenient. The prohibition against AI social credit systems is defined too narrowly with much left to speculation.