“Don’t worry. Nobody will leave. Nobody,” Thierry Breton, the European commissioner for the internal market, told Euronews on Tuesday.
“Of course nobody, because it’s the biggest digital market in the world. So nobody can afford it,” he added.
“It’s (a market) that’s bigger than the US (so) nobody can afford not to be there. And we welcome everybody.”
Breton’s comments come in the midst of negotiations for the AI Act, an ambitious law aimed at reining in the excesses of artificial intelligence and ensuring that the rapidly developing technology respects the EU’s fundamental values.
The draft law is considered the world’s first attempt to regulate AI through a human-centric approach. risk based approach, And its potential success – or failure – could affect regulations in other countries around the world.
“We don’t just regulate AI. We have decided to regulate our digital space,” Breton said in his interview with Euronews.
But the AI Act, which has been subject to thousands of amendments and intense lobbying, has faced some skepticism from the industry it tries to govern.
Last month, Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, the company behind the revolutionary ChatGPT, caused a stir. when he suggested If the company is unable to comply with the proposed rules, it may consider leaving the European market.
Altman later retracted his remarks, which attracted considerable media attention, and said he had “no plans” to quit.
Breton got a chance to discuss the issuealtman During a recent trip to San Francisco, he also met with several directors of large tech companies, including Mark Zuckerberg of Meta and Linda Yacarino of Twitter.
“He (Altman) told me it was misinterpreted. So he changed his tweet, and he said: ‘I like the regulation, we’ll follow it.’ Including watermarking, by the way,” Breton said, referring to the digital technology that allows AI-generated content to be identified as such.
“Rules are rules,” Britten called himself “the originator”.
“Politicians are here to secure the rules, when we believe that the way our fellow citizens are living in this place or that is important, and the companies are here to enforce the rules. And they do