The European Commission (EC) announced plans to accelerate the deployment of artificial intelligence, aiming to compete with the United States and China and become a global leader in the industry.
The proposal announced on February 19 emphasizes the development of reliable and people-oriented technology, while also focusing on creating new opportunities for EU companies.
The European Commission said in a statement that Europe will focus on the development of its own artificial intelligence systems and claimed that the region has “all the conditions needed to become a world leader” in this field.
It plans to establish “the right incentive mechanism to accelerate the deployment of artificial intelligence” and will seek talent from EU member states.
The European Commission emphasized the need to formulate clear and strict rules for high-risk AI use cases involving health, policing, transportation, and other fields, and pointed out that the system “should be transparent, traceable and ensure human supervision”.
It also believes that the relevant departments should be able to test and certify the data used by the algorithm, similar to the current inspection rules for cosmetics, automobiles, and toys.
“Unbiased data is needed to train high-risk systems to operate correctly and to ensure respect for fundamental rights, especially non-discrimination”.
The Committee also insisted on a wide-ranging debate on situations in which facial recognition might be justified for remote biometric identification.
As for low-risk artificial intelligence services, the EU plans to adopt a voluntary labeling system.
These proposals will be open for public comment. The deadline is May 19, and the European Community plans to include them in the Digital Services Act and the European Democracy Action Plan later this year.
In a statement, Afke Schaart, vice president and head of the European, Russian and CIS industry association GSMA, explained that mobile operators in the region “will become the backbone of the region’s future economy.”
“The Global Association for Mobile Communications appreciates the vision of the European Commission in the digital strategy released today, which regards interconnection as the most basic aspect of digitalization.”