back to article EU lassos tech giants in bid to rein in the AI Wild West

As 2023 drew to a close, the year of AI hype was ending as it began. According to figures from Pitchbook, Big Tech spent twice as much on deals with Generative AI startups than venture capital groups during the year. But in December legislators began to rein in how the systems might be developed and deployed. In a provisional …

  1. HuBo
    Go

    Just rope an' throw an' brand 'em ... rawhAIde

    I can see where the grand voodoo priest of the horror backpropagation plague is coming from on this, when he xeets "Regulating products is fine. But [regulating] R&D is ridiculous". In this (IMHO), I expect he joins Couneson and the EU in the view that "sandboxes [should] help companies [...] dialogue with the relevant authorities before launching something on the market". An approach similar to the human trials that new drugs and medical procedures must go through prior to market release. Wishful thinking (as with Sweden's herd-immunity approach to COVID-19, that caused death rates 10x higher there than in Norway) just can't cut it when the stakes are high!

    1. jmch Silver badge
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      Re: Just rope an' throw an' brand 'em ... rawhAIde

      "Wishful thinking (as with Sweden's herd-immunity approach to COVID-19, that caused death rates 10x higher there than in Norway) just can't cut it when the stakes are high!"

      Except that "10x higher death rates" is very selective and limited to deaths *attributed to* COVID-19 in a restricted time window. Looking at excess mortality and over a longer timespan gives a clearer picture. (This accounts for people who died *with* Covid rather than *because of* covid, very sick / old people who probably would anyway have died of other causes, people with non-covid health issues who could not get the care they needed because of lockdowns, cumulative physical and mental ill-effects of lockdowns etc).

      When looking at that, Sweden is essentially on par with Norway (with both countries being the best-ranked in the world)

      https://reason.com/volokh/2023/01/10/no-lockdown-sweden-seemingly-tied-for-lowest-all-causes-mortality-in-oecd-since-covid-arrived/

  2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    When blue skies wishful thinking meets forlorn hope for an XSSual tryst is disappointment guaranteed

    Whenever/If ever developers and practitioners of human government/man management they themselves practice what the EU's Parliament and Council are preaching regarding Generative and General Purpose Artificial Intelligence systems ....... and who doesn't recognise that as most likely an impossible ridiculous ask given the pathetic state of human intelligence ....... then may there be a slim chance AI will pause and reflect on human behaviour and play their Great Game with you.

    Until then though, and you know it makes sense and is only fair and perfectly reasonable, are all bets off and may the best manic command and control systems win win.

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