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EU chief suggests global framework for AI regulation

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Commission president Ursula von der Leyen wants IPCC-like body to oversee artificial intelligence

Ursula von der Leyen has said the EU should work with its partners to develop a global framework for regulating artificial intelligence.

The president of the European Commission (pictured, centre) said such a framework would protect against the societal risks of the technology but also foster investment in “safe and responsible” AI systems.

She was speaking on 10 September at the G20 summit in India, which brought together political leaders including India’s prime minister Narendra Modi (pictured, left) and US president Joe Biden (pictured, right).

Von der Leyen said a body similar to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was needed for AI, as well as more “outreach” to AI scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators.

In 2020, the EU proposed what it says was then the world’s first law to regulate AI, which is yet to be approved.

“But we need more,” von der Leyen said, adding that global regulation should “eventually…reach the broader community of the United Nations”.

Scientists and other contributors to an IPCC-like body for AI could provide knowledge on the risks and potential benefits of the technology, she suggested.