Companies using generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT, would be required to declare any copyrighted content used in the development of their systems.
This is according to an early EU agreement that could pave the way for the world’s first comprehensive legislation controlling the technology.
Nearly two years ago, the European Commission began drafting the AI Act to regulate emerging artificial intelligence technology, which saw a surge in investment and popularity following the release of OpenAI’s AI-powered chatbot ChatGPT.
Members of the European Parliament voted to move the draft to the trilogue stage, in which EU lawmakers and member states will work out the final details of the measure.
“Against conservative wishes for more surveillance and leftist fantasies of over-regulation, parliament found a solid compromise that would regulate AI proportionately, protect citizens’ rights, as well as foster innovation and boost the economy,” Svenja Hahn, a European Parliament deputy said.
According to the proposals, AI tools will be graded based on their assessed danger level, ranging from minimum through limited, high, and unacceptable.
Concerns could include biometric tracking, the spread of misinformation, or the use of discriminating terminology.
While high-risk tools will not be prohibited, those who use them must be extremely transparent in their operations.
Companies that use generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT or the image generator Midjourney, will also be required to declare any copyrighted information that was used to construct their systems.