Artificial intelligence: how Alphabet (Google) wants to influence European discussions

by bold-lichterman

The boss of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, Sundar Pichai, on Monday called the EU for a ” proportionate approach ‘ to regulate artificial intelligence, during a speech in Brussels. On February 19, the European Commission is due to make proposals to develop a regulatory approach in the EU on artificial intelligence.

The aim is to propose a whole series of rules to ensure that this technology is used while respecting European values ​​(in particular on the protection of privacy) in sectors as different as health and transport. ” Good regulation must take a proportionate approach, balancing potential harms and social opportunities ”, said Pichai, in a speech at an event organized by the European think tank Bruegel in Brussels.

Tensions and compromises

“The question is not whether to regulate, but how”, he added, showing that he was totally open to regulation. He is due to meet on Monday afternoon with two of the three executive vice-presidents of the European Commission: the Dutch Frans Timmermans, in charge of the Environment, and the Danish Margrethe Vestager, in charge of the Digital Economy and Competition.

We want to offer our expertise, our experience and our tools as we grapple with the tensions and inevitable compromises (to be made) ”, he added.