The EU should have an industrial policy on artificial intelligence that ensures the technology is developed and used in ethical ways, the European Parliament’s research committee has said.
MEPs in the committee adopted a report on plans for an EU industrial policy for AI on 14 January. In doing so, they lent their support to the development of AI to help drive improvements in areas such as manufacturing, transport and healthcare. But they agreed with the recommendation of an EU expert group that this should put people’s needs first.
“It is vital that we ensure that we are able to understand why AI has arrived at certain decisions and that is why we have emphasised in this report the need for explainability,” lead MEP Ashley Fox said regarding the transparency of algorithmic decision-making. “Without such safeguards in place we will not achieve a human-centred approach.”