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20 January 2020

POLITICO: Alphabet, Google CEO: Artificial intelligence needs to be regulated

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai called for artificial intelligence to be regulated. While AI promises enormous benefits for Europe and the world, there are real concerns about the potential negative consequences of AI.

"There is no question in my mind that artificial intelligence needs to be regulated. The question is how best to approach this," the tech giant's chief executive said at a conference in Brussels.

The European Commission is scheduled to present a white paper on artificial intelligence, which will set the path forward for the next five years. An early draft showed that banning facial recognition in public places was an option on the table.

The tech CEO acknowledged that the United States and the European Union were both starting to develop regulatory approaches on artificial intelligence, and called for "international alignment."

Recent developments, however, indicate Brussels and Washington might not be on the exact same page when it comes to artificial intelligence. In early January, the Trump administration rolled out new light-touch guidelines for regulating driverless cars and trucks —a move to advance a light-touch approach to tech regulation that contrasts with the strategy key European leaders are advocating.

Full article on POLITICO


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