Need to know: How AI Act sets tone for AI regulation

AI Act

The world’s first major piece of legislation for regulating artificial intelligence (AI) moved another step forward.

On March 13, European Parliament approved the AI Act, which aims to regulate the technology based on its capacity to cause harm. The act follows a risk-based approach: the higher the risk, the stricter the rules.

The legislation—which aims to ensure “trustworthy” AI—provides developers and users with clear requirements and obligations regarding specific uses of the technology.

The rules are meant to increase transparency about the way AI is used, when it is used, what data the technology uses to produce results and make decisions, and to prevent harmful outcomes.

There are four risk categories.

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