April 19, 2024
EU Considers Stricter Regulations for Large AI Models: Report

EU Considers Stricter Regulations for Large AI Models: Report

Representatives within the European Union (EU) are reportedly engaged in negotiations over the potential implementation of additional regulations targeting the largest artificial intelligence (AI) systems, particularly large language models (LLMs), as outlined in a report from Bloomberg.

The European Commission, European Parliament, and EU member states are said to be discussing the potential impact of large language models such as Meta’s Llama 2 and OpenAI’s GPT-4. These discussions are aimed at determining whether additional restrictions should be imposed on these models as part of the forthcoming AI Act.

Sources close to the matter, as reported by Bloomberg, have indicated that the objective is not to burden new startups with excessive regulations but to establish measures to oversee the activities of larger models.

It’s important to note that any agreement reached by negotiators on this topic is still in the early stages of development.

The proposed AI Act and the associated regulations for LLMs are expected to follow a similar approach to the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA, recently implemented by EU lawmakers, establishes standards for platforms and websites to protect user data and detect illegal activities. However, larger online platforms like Alphabet Inc. and Meta Inc. are subject to more stringent controls under the DSA.

These regulations were rolled out with a deadline for compliance, and companies in this category had until August 28th to update their service practices in line with the new EU standards. The EU’s AI Act is poised to become one of the first sets of mandatory AI rules introduced by a Western government. China had already enacted its own AI regulations, which came into effect in August 2023.

Under the EU’s proposed AI regulations, companies involved in developing and deploying AI systems would be required to conduct risk assessments, label AI-generated content, and face a complete ban on the use of biometric surveillance, among other provisions.

However, it’s important to note that this legislation has not been enacted yet, and individual member states retain the ability to disagree with any of the proposals put forth by the parliament.

Since the implementation of AI laws in China, reports have emerged indicating that over 70 new AI models have already been released in the country.

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