The EU Cannot Shape the Future of AI with Regulation

The EU's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) puts tight restrictions on uses of artificial intelligence (AI) that involve personal data, and EU policymakers continue to search for additional restrictions on AI to address their remaining fears. But as Nick Wallace writes for EUobserver, over-regulating AI now risks the EU’s chance for global influence over the technology's future. Its AI systems will fail to compete on a global scale and the technology's long-term future, for better or worse, will be shaped by the United States and China. Instead, the EU should give firms and inventors in Europe the best chance of building and deploying cutting-edge AI systems that the rest of the world will want to adopt.