Twenty-five Member States of the European Union have signed a declaration to work together on the development of artificial intelligence in a European context. This includes joint research and addressing ethical issues.
Furthermore, the socio-economic challenges must be addressed, such as the impact of artificial intelligence on the labor market, which can be thought of as job losses due to increasing automation. The document also states that an adequate legal and ethical framework must be put in place, based on the fundamental values and rights of the EU. According to the Declaration, Member States must review and modernize their national policies in order to capture the opportunities that ai entails and address the challenges.
With the signing it is also the intention that member states share insights and opinions with each other. and exchange with the European Commission on the development of ai, the best practices and the innovation that can accompany them. In addition, Member States must ensure that people remain the focal point in the development of AI and in decision making in AI applications. In this context, the countries must prevent the development of applications that can cause harm to others, which is likely to refer to ‘killer robots’, ie autonomous weapon systems.
It is not the first time that the European Union is involved in developing policy on the theme of artificial intelligence. For example, an EU advisory group called for a month ago to arrive at an international framework for rules on AI and has already advocated rules for robotics and standards for ai. The European Parliament has also indicated its support for a mandatory introduction of a kill switch ‘for robots.