EU v AI: New European Regulation Could Anger Tech Big Shots

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), approved at the end of April and scheduled to enter into force in 2018, does not only deal with EU citizens’ privacy. One of the measures included in the new bill aims to restrict so-called “automated individual decision-making.” Such restrictions can be applied to algorithms using machine-learning tools that are becoming more and more widespread among the world’s tech giants. The regulation will legally prevent these programs to take decisions that “significantly affect” EU nationals: for instance, these algorithms will not be used to evaluate somebody’s “performance at work, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behavior, location, or movements.”  As AI and machine-learning are going through a worldwide boom, GDPR’s wet blanket rule is unlikely to go down well in the tech circles. But what could be even more worrisome for AI fans is another part of the bill: a measure dubbed “right to explanation.” That…


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