Logroño, June 14 (EFE).- Spain has set itself the goal of closing, during its current Presidency of the European Union, the European regulation for the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to “safeguard” the rights of citizens against to this type of digital tools.
This was explained, in statements to journalists, by the Director General of Digitization and Artificial Intelligence of the Government of Spain, Salvador Estevan, who this Wednesday gave a conference in Logroño on the Digital Agenda for Europe, at the start of the summer course on security, organized by the Civil Guard, with the collaboration of the University of La Rioja.
This course, attended by different commanders from the Armed Institute and security experts, focuses on the impact of AI on the internal security of States.
An issue that is mainly related, Estevan has admitted, with the legislation that is created to protect citizens from the negative effects that the use of AI can have and “favor a balance between innovation and the analogous rights of people” .
It has had an impact on the work being carried out within the EU to “regulate” the uses of AI through a regulation in which, during the first half of the year, it has been Sweden who has coordinated the work and, now , in the transfer of the European Presidency to Spain, will also give up that mission.
DYNAMIC AND LIVING REGULATION
“We are going to try to close it this semester and thus advance in the challenge of regulating how AI is used, based on European values and with a balance between innovation and our analog rights”, explained Estevan, who has expressed his wish that the electoral call of July 23 does not slow down that work.
He has stressed that this future regulation “will pursue the uses of AI that in some way conflict with the fundamental rights of citizens” and, for example, will prohibit the use of technological systems to create “social scoring”, a social reputation system created from the use that a person makes of new technologies and that is admitted in China.
The European regulation “will take into account how AI is going to be applied in areas such as employability” and will try to “promote a very efficient supervision of this type of solution” to “use what innovation allows us, but also maintain our rights as users”, he indicated.
Estevan has assumed that the use of AI has “many risks” and, therefore, in addition to creating this regulation, it is necessary to put “the focus on clearly explaining what AI consists of to know its potential, also its risks and, this way, to be able to face it with the greatest of guarantees”.
He has recognized that a regulation of this type has to be “very dynamic” and, “in fact, the text we have now is not the same as it was a year ago” because “we are working on a regulation that remains alive”.