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The AI ​​Act duo of the European Parliament


As the European Union introduces the world’s first artificial intelligence regulation, a duo of lawmakers have been at the center of some of the most controversial and sensitive negotiations that could end up banning facial recognition and directed social rating. by the government.

Brando Benifei and Dragoş Tudorache have been chosen to lead the work of the European Parliament on the revision of the law on artificial intelligence after a long political struggle between committees and groups. The pairing of Benifei, a 36-year-old idealistic Italian S&D politician, and Tudorache, a pragmatic 47-year-old Romanian liberal, has proved constructive so far despite clear divides.

First elected to the European Parliament in 2014, Benifei has championed the need for a strict ban on facial recognition. Meanwhile, Tudorache, an alumnus of the Commission and former Romanian interior minister, is more comfortable limiting the use of controversial AI with strict rules on privacy and fundamental rights for foster innovation.

While they agreed on several common red lines for the use of AI, including a ban on controversial crime-predicting algorithms, the road will be long and arduous for Benifei and Tudorache.

The pair could soon see cracks appearing as they juggle the views of dozens of other European lawmakers involved in the process while surviving Big Tech’s lobbying campaigns and NGO calls to clamp down on AI. harmful. They will have to resist the desire of EU countries to equip their own security and immigration agencies with the latest technology and navigate a much wider geopolitical debate as the EU competes with China and the US. United in the global AI race.

To watch this year: Benifei and Tudorache hope to finalize the European Parliament’s position on the AI ​​law before the end of the year to draft a final law with the Council – representing all 27 EU countries – in 2023.

What is their superpower: Their ability to create historical rules for artificial intelligence.

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