Google CEO Sundar Pichai has agreed to work with lawmakers in Europe on a voluntary AI pact, according to a statement from the European Commission. The pact would aim to establish common standards for the development and use of artificial intelligence in Europe.
The EU has been a leading voice in the global debate on AI regulation. In 2021, the European Commission proposed the AI Act, a comprehensive set of rules governing the use of AI in Europe. The AI Act is still under negotiation, but it is expected to be adopted in the coming years.
The voluntary AI pact would be a stop-gap measure until the AI Act is adopted. The pact would be open to all AI developers, regardless of their location. It would cover a range of issues, including the use of AI for social good, the prevention of bias, and the protection of fundamental rights.
Pichai's agreement to work on the voluntary AI pact is a positive development. It shows that Google is committed to working with regulators to ensure that AI is used responsibly in Europe. The pact could also help to set a global standard for AI regulation.