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Europe moves ahead on AI regulation, challenging tech giants' power

By Cat Zakrzewski and Cristiano Lima

14 Jun 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. European lawmakers have voted to set guardrails for the use of AI, putting Brussels a step closer to shaping global standards.

European Union lawmakers on Wednesday took a key step toward setting unprecedented restrictions on how companies use artificial intelligence, putting Brussels on a collision course with American tech giants funneling billions into the technology.

The European Parliament adopted its position on legislation known as the E.U. AI Act, which would ban systems that present an "unacceptable level of risk," such as predictive policing tools, or social scoring systems, like those used in China to classify people based on their behavior and socioeconomic status. The legislation also sets new limits on "high-risk AI," like systems that could influence voters in elections or introduce harms to people's health.

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