As the European Commission continues its testing of guidelines for the ethical use of artificial intelligence, Wired reports the guidelines are possibly compromised by the influence of big tech companies. Thomas Metzinger, a philosopher from the University of Mainz in Germany, was one of 52 analysts involved in drawing up the guidelines and said his fellow analysts offered input that favored industries. Metzinger pointed to the omission of “red lines,” which are prohibited AI uses, in the guideline's final draft as one instance of industry influence among the group of analysts, some of whom worked for or were aligned with tech companies. The revelations come after EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel called the guidelines “a solid foundation based on EU values,” while nations outside the bloc are using the guidelines to help develop their own AI practices.
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