EU takes steps towards regulating Generative AI

The European Commission has taken steps towards regulating Generative AI by opening a public consultation for G7 leaders to define a technical standard for artificial intelligence systems specialized in content generation, i.e., platforms such as ChatGPT or DALL-E whose use has become widespread. Numerous media, such as WDiarium, have covered the news.

Generative AI has changed the limits of what we thought could be done with technology. Over the last few days, social networks have been flooded with the images of celebrities in the style of an American yearbook from the 1990s. Just a few weeks ago, photos of a group of underage girls from Almendralejo were released in which they appeared to be naked because of the use of AI. These events stirred up a large debate about the limits of artificial intelligence. From the creation of images to the simulation of voices and sounds, it seems that there are no limits for Generative AI and, although its advantages are evident, it is necessary to draw the boundaries and curb the misuse of this powerful technology.

The Vice-President of the EU Commission, Vera Jourova, has stressed the urgency of establishing clear guidelines to ensure the ethical and safe use of AI. She assures that these guidelines will not only protect users and consumers but will also provide a framework for developers and companies to innovate responsibly. Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market, has remarked that clear and proportionate rules are the key.

This open consultation is an opportunity for those of us who are involved in the world of artificial intelligence, either as researchers or as scholars. We can contribute our opinions and knowledge about our use of this technology that has brought about a revolution at all levels. We cannot be left behind, we must take advantage of the benefits of this promising technology, but at the same time that progress cannot be made at the cost of leaving behind our principles.

It is time to lay our cards on the table: How can AI benefit everyone, and not just a few, and yet, not hinder the possibilities for growth at the research and business levels?

Let’s hope that the future code of conduct being prepared by the EU will serve as a guide on this exciting path which, for the moment, is shrouded in doubt.

Juan Manuel Corchado

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain.


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