Both the European Union and the United States aspire to establish an integrated and mandatory legal framework to reduce the excesses and dangers of artificial intelligence.
On Wednesday, the European Union and the United States announced a draft joint “code of conduct” for artificial intelligence, open to democratic countries on the basis of voluntary application, at a time when major countries are working to regulate this sector.
“We will present in the coming weeks a draft code of conduct on artificial intelligence,” said the European Commissioner-designate, Margrethe Vestager, during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Sweden.
Blinken said that the goal is to “establish voluntary rules of conduct that are open to all countries that share the same mindset,” at a time when Westerners fear that China will impose its approach in this field.
Vestager explained that the aim is to put together a final proposal “very soon” on which companies in the sector dominated by American giants such as Microsoft, Meta and Google can “voluntarily commit”.
The issue of artificial intelligence was one of the main topics raised during a meeting of the European-American “Trade and Technology Council” in Lulea, northern Sweden, in the presence of the creator of the revolutionary “Chat GPT” program, Sam Altman.
This body was established in 2021 between the 27 countries and Washington to turn the page on trade disputes during the era of former US President Donald Trump.
“The European Union and the United States share the common view that AI technology holds great opportunities, but also poses risks to our societies,” said a closing statement.
The European Union aspires to be the first to develop an integrated and mandatory legal framework to limit the excesses of artificial intelligence, but this framework will not enter into force before the end of 2025.
China is also seeking to regulate this sector, in particular by imposing a “security check” on artificial intelligence tools.
As for Washington, it has not put forward any project that would be mandatory at the present time, despite its many discussions.
Americans and Europeans fear that Chinese standards will apply if the West does not unite.
On Wednesday, the two parties stressed that a European-American roadmap within the framework of the Technology Trade Council will allow “the definition of criteria and tools for trustworthy artificial intelligence.”