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Ethicist raises ‘serious concerns’ about Commission approach to AI

The chairwoman of a European Commission ethics group has highlighted shortcomings of the EU’s approach to artificial intelligence in a letter to Jean-Claude Juncker.

“The EGE [European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies] has serious concerns with regard to the approach, societal vision and ethical reasoning underpinning early work being produced for the Commission on AI ethics,” Christiane Woopen wrote in her letter to Juncker, president of the Commission. The Commission published the letter on 5 February.

Woopen, an ethics researcher at the University of Cologne in Germany, said that the Commission is in danger of adopting an approach to AI that “appears to assume technological mastery to be an end in itself…with ethical and social values considered as long as they do not hinder some extraneous technological progress”.

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