More discussions needed on AI regulations, according to French minister

More discussions needed on AI regulations, according to French minister
More discussions needed on AI regulations, according to French minister

According to Barrot, it might be necessary for legislators and EU member states to get together for yet another round of talks to iron out crucial details of the AI agreement.

Jean-Noel Barrot, the French Minister of Digital Affairs, stated on Tuesday that even if they reach an agreement regarding artificial intelligence on Wednesday, EU nations and legislators could need to convene for yet another round of discussions to iron out important elements of artificial intelligence (AI) regulations.

Following talks in June, July, September, and October, the parties and the European Commission, which drafted the guidelines two years ago, had hoped that Wednesday’s discussion would be the last one.

Nevertheless, conflicts over the usage of AI systems like foundation models, which are typified by Microsoft-backed OpenAI, and whether or not artificial intelligence may be used in biometric monitoring might jeopardize Europe’s goal of enacting the first-of-its-kind regulations.

Barrot stated that there is still a divide between the two camps.

“Although it appears like we are getting closer, there is still a distance. Thus, I don’t want us to rush things or limit ourselves to a certain date,” he stated.

It’s okay if we have one more trilogue. Furthermore, it appears to me that tomorrow will serve as the last trilogue because there are too many important topics to address in one evening.”

Barrot mentioned general-purpose AI and biometric surveillance as examples of areas where both parties still need to work on the finer specifics.

“I think it’s still OK if a new trilogue has to take place,” he stated.

However, more debate might postpone the implementation of historic legislation in Europe that could serve as a model for other nations.

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