European Parliament Committees Approve Landmark AI Act Ahead of Legislative Vote

European Parliament Committees Approve Landmark AI Act Ahead of Legislative Vote

Key Points:

  • European Parliament committees approve a provisional agreement on landmark AI rules, known as the AI Act.
  • The AI Act aims to establish guidelines for AI use across various industries and sectors.
  • MEPs endorse the agreement, emphasizing the importance of safety and compliance with fundamental rights.

Two influential groups of lawmakers at the European Parliament ratified a provisional agreement on groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) rules, paving the way for the world’s first legislation on this transformative technology. Known as the AI Act, these rules establish guidelines for using AI across various sectors, from banking and automotive to security and law enforcement.

The AI Act seeks to provide a regulatory framework for a technology that has become integral to numerous industries. It will govern traditional AI systems and foundation models or generative AI, such as those developed by Microsoft-backed OpenAI, which can learn from vast datasets to perform various tasks.

The endorsement of the provisional agreement by key European Parliament committees marks a significant step forward in ensuring the safety and compliance of AI systems with fundamental rights. MEPs from the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs and the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee have supported the AI Act.

Earlier this month, EU member states backed the agreement, with France securing concessions to alleviate the administrative burden on high-risk AI systems and provide enhanced protection for business secrets.

Despite this progress, major tech companies have expressed worry, citing concerns about the ambiguous language of certain requirements and the potential impact of the legislation on innovation.

The upcoming legislative vote in April will be crucial in finalizing the AI Act and implementing comprehensive regulations governing the development and deployment of AI technologies within the European Union. The enactment of these rules will set a precedent for global AI governance and have far-reaching implications for industries and stakeholders worldwide.

TechGolly editorial team led by Al Mahmud Al Mamun. He worked as an Editor-in-Chief at a world-leading professional research Magazine. Rasel Hossain and Enamul Kabir are supporting as Managing Editor. Our team is intercorporate with technologists, researchers, and technology writers. We have substantial knowledge and background in Information Technology (IT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Embedded Technology.

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