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April 22, 2021

Europe Proposes Strict Rules for Artificial Intelligence

Source: New York Times (UWNetID access via UW Libraries link), April 21, 2021

Europe Proposes Strict Rules for Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence — in which machines are trained to perform jobs and make decisions on their own by studying huge volumes of data — is seen by technologists, business leaders and government officials as one of the world’s most transformative technologies, promising major gains in productivity.

But as the systems become more sophisticated it can be harder to understand why the software is making a decision, a problem that could get worse as computers become more powerful. Researchers have raised ethical questions about its use, suggesting that it could perpetuate existing biases in society, invade privacy or result in more jobs being automated.