In ear­ly April, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion pub­lished guide­lines intend­ed to keep any arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence tech­nol­o­gy used on the EU’s 500 mil­lion cit­i­zens trust­wor­thy. The bloc’s com­mis­sion­er for dig­i­tal econ­o­my and soci­ety, Bulgaria’s Mariya Gabriel, called them “a sol­id foun­da­tion based on EU val­ues.”

Thomas Met­zinger, a philoso­pher from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mainz, in Ger­many, says too many of the experts who cre­at­ed the guide­lines came from or were aligned with indus­try inter­ests. Met­zinger says he and anoth­er mem­ber of the group were asked to draft a list of AI uses that should be pro­hib­it­ed. That list includ­ed autonomous weapons, and gov­ern­ment social scor­ing sys­tems sim­i­lar to those under devel­op­ment in Chi­na. But Met­zinger alleges tech’s allies lat­er con­vinced the broad­er group that it shouldn’t draw any “red lines” around uses of AI.

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