EU closes in on AI Act with last-minute ChatGPT-related adjustments

From ComputerWorld: The European Parliament is now only days away from formalizing its position on the world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act, as EU lawmakers reached a provisional political agreement on Thursday.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have been conflicted until last week on the content of the Act and have finally agreed on some of the compromise amendments, with a few last-minute adjustments pertaining to generative AI.

“The compromised amendments were agreed upon yesterday through internal talks between the rapporteurs and shadow rapporteurs and will be voted on in the committee by MEPs on May 11, 2023,” an EP official said. “This will be followed by a voting in plenary in June, after which talks with Council (member states) will start with the view of reaching an interinstitutional agreement before the end of the year.”

The European Commission, which is the executive branch of the European Union, has been working on a regulatory framework for AI since early 2020. In April 2021, the European Commission proposed a set of draft regulations known as the “Artificial Intelligence Act,” which aims to provide a comprehensive legal framework for the development and deployment of AI systems in the EU.

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