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Europe Is in Danger of Using the Wrong Definition of AI

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For writing laws about AI, let's be broad and inclusive enough to help us keep our devices and systems safe for our societies.

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The European Union's (EU) forthcoming Artificial Intelligence Regulation, also known as the AIA, will determine what artificial intelligence (AI) can be deployed in the EU, and how much it costs an organization to do so. The current draft starts with a broad definition of AI: “software that...can...generate outputs such as content, predictions, recommendations, or decisions influencing the environments they interact with.”

However, this definition may already be too narrow, given what the AIA is primarily about: ensuring that decisions made by or with machines are done so well, transparently, and with clear human accountability, at least if those decisions matter.

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