May 24, 2024
Italian PM Flags AI Concerns in G7 Presidency Plans
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Italy’s G7 Agenda: AI in Focus Amid ChatGPT Ban

Italy, one of the pioneering European nations in effectively prohibiting OpenAI’s renowned ChatGPT, is set to prioritize the discussion of artificial intelligence (AI) during its Group of Seven (G7) presidency, running from January to December.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, on December 4, 2023, highlighted the primary goals for the country’s 12-month G7 presidency. These encompass aiding African development, supporting Ukraine, and engaging with AI-related issues. Meloni expressed apprehension about AI’s impact on the labor market, stating, “I am hugely concerned about the impact (of AI) on the labor market. Today we are faced with a revolution where human intellect is in danger of being replaced.”

While Meloni did not delve into specific AI concerns, she disclosed plans for a dedicated AI-focused session involving G7 members before the initial leaders’ summit in June. The labor market’s susceptibility to AI’s influence has been a longstanding focus for the Italian government. In May 2023, the country earmarked 30 million euros ($33 million) for the Fondo per la Repubblica Digitale (FRD) to bolster the skills of the unemployed and individuals facing job automation due to AI.

In March 2023, the Italian Data Protection Authority took action by immediately curbing data processing for local users by OpenAI, the U.S.-based entity behind ChatGPT. This move was due to concerns regarding the mass collection and storage of personal data by AI during its algorithmic training, with the agency citing a lack of legal grounds. The ban was lifted after ChatGPT complied with all requirements. Nonetheless, in November, the Italian Data Protection Authority initiated a “fact-finding” investigation to scrutinize data gathering practices used for training AI algorithms.

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