Artificial intelligence: keeping humans at its heart

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This bus in Finland might be small, but it’s rather clever. It follows its route completely unassisted and with its cameras and sensors can react to unexpected or dangerous situations. But who’s to blame if there’s an accident? The machine, the owner or maybe the code writer? Artificial intelligence presents us with a wealth of opportunities in areas from transport to healthcare. But as it becomes more common, the European Parliament wants rules that allow people to reap the rewards of AI, while setting clear limits on what isn’t acceptable. “The priority number one is to have regulation that puts the human being at the centre.” MEPs want a framework which ensures that as AI develops, all aspects of its implementation remain compatible with human rights legislation. “We have to make sure that things like bias or things like gender inequality are not a part of the algorithms that are the base of this kind of technology.” Wherever AI is deployed, it needs to earn users’ trust. People’s privacy and data must be safeguarded when it comes to technologies like facial recognition. High-risk technologies need to be tightly controlled. Parliament wants AI to improve our lives. The rules should enable businesses to grow, reduce production costs and put AI at the centre of the green transition. And they should be flexible enough to evolve as fast as AI itself.

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