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Europe Mulls New Tougher Rules for Artificial Intelligence

  • European Commission set to unveil AI policy paper in February
  • Draft seen by Bloomberg suggests limits on facial recognition

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The European Union is considering new legally binding requirements for developers of artificial intelligence in an effort to ensure modern technology is developed and used in an ethical way.

The EU’s executive arm is set to propose the new rules apply to “high-risk sectors,” such as healthcare and transport, and suggest the bloc updates safety and liability laws, according to a draft of a so-called “white paper” on artificial intelligence obtained by Bloomberg. The European Commission is due to unveil the paper in mid-February and the final version is likely to change.