The EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act: A risk management approach to regulating AI

What it proposes and what it is good for

I stumbled upon a good article (Achtung, German) by Angela Müller in the publication Zeitschrift für Europarecht. Not my usual approach to share article from other. However, I felt like this was what to be done.

A bit of context on A.I. and the EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act

Artificial Intelligence (AI) shape an increasing part of everyday life and society today. With a view to the risks associated with their use, its legal regulation is uprising. In April 2021, the EU Commission presented its draft regulation on artificial intelligence (Artificial Intelligence Act, AI Act), thus raising the issue on the agendas of political decision-makers worldwide. And not only in Europe. What has less frontiers than a software…

What is this article about?

In her contribution, Angela Müller first explains the draft regulation that is currently being negotiated in the EU Council and the EU Parliament. No matters if you do not fully understand how E.U. works, who does anyway…It considers both the form of the draft regulation and its content. She focuses on the risk-based approach and its supervisory and enforcement mechanisms. As many business and tech actors, she finally takes a critical look at these aspects. Based on this, it shows to what extent the regulation would be relevant for a non-EU member state. And there are plenty of…

The conclusion

Terminator - skulls
Terminator skulls

The upcoming AI Act undoubtedly has the potential to significantly advance the debate around A.I. governance worldwide. However, it should actually focus on its declared objective of protecting fundamental rights.  The aim must be that the use of automated decision-making systems benefits individuals and society. Provided that these benefits are distributed fairly. Sounds like again a fight between the good and the bad. It is indeed. Just think about Terminator!

In order to achieve this, the draft must now be improved by the EU Parliament and Council in essential areas. Politics, science, the private sector and civil society are called upon to participate in an inclusive dialogue. They shall engage on the topic in order to ultimately shape the framework conditions for the use of algorithmic systems for the benefit of people and society. And not the other way round.

I am sure many of you are still unaware at worse, or not acting yet at best regarding this upcoming regulation. There is still time to make the right move. You can read more on what I wrote here.

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