Joanna Bryson comments on potential implications of AI definition for EU digital law

The Professor of Ethics and Technology writes in Wired how AI regulation might harm technological development.

As the European Parliament discusses the forthcoming Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA), Hertie School Professor of Ethics and Technology Joanna Bryson advocates for a critical definition of AI.

In a guest essay with tech magazine Wired from 2 March, she writes that “The call to restrict the definition of AI to only ‘complex’ machine learning or other reasoning ‘ordinarily understood’ to be intelligent is a problem.” Potentially, this could cause a lack of oversight, she writes. However, the definition should not be too broad either, she says, as this might not address important AI applications and “might push companies and governments to use the second-best system. Or third.” Instead, she writes, a simple, broad definition of artificial intelligence would motivate a clear, maintainable version of AI.

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