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Eric Schmidt, who leads a U.S. government initiative to integrate AI into national security, warned Monday that the EU’s AI transparency requirements would be “very harmful to Europe.”
Speaking at POLITICO’s AI Summit, Schmidt criticized the provisions of the EU’s AI bill that require algorithms to be transparent. “It’s just a proposal, but if you would adopt it without modification, it would be a very big setback for Europe,” said Schmidt, who chairs the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) and is a former CEO of Google.
The EU’s proposal “requires that the system would be able to explain itself. But machine learning systems cannot fully explain how they make their decisions,” Schmidt said.
The former executive sought to distance himself from the government body he leads, saying “I’m speaking for myself, not for the Commission.” But Schmidt’s criticism echoes divergent approaches to AI by the U.S. and the EU, with the former applying less stringent rules to the tech and its applications than Brussels.
Schmidt said the EU should be an “innovation partner to the U.S.,” in order to be able to compete with China. Instead, “the EU did regulation first and I think that’s a mistake.”
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