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EU and Japan Align on Generative AI as They Prepare New Regulations

Updated: Jan 8

In a recent interview, Vera Jourova, Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, stated that the European Union (EU) and Japan are experiencing a convergence of thinking when it comes to generative artificial intelligence (AI).

Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova
Credits: dpa

Jourova highlighted the similarities in their approaches to regulating AI, particularly generative AI. The EU has taken a proactive stance with its AI Act, while Japan is exploring more flexible guidelines to foster economic growth.

The EU and Japan are strengthening their collaboration in various technological areas, including AI, cybersecurity and chips, which are deemed crucial for economic security. Jourova emphasised the ease of discussions with Japanese partners, as they share a common understanding of the fundamental aspects of AI, unlike her recent experience in China.

The Group of Seven (G7) industrial powers are currently engaged in discussions to establish guidelines for generative AI, a technology that elicits both excitement and concern. The process was initiated in Hiroshima and consultations on an AI framework are progressing as planned. However, Jourova noted that further work is needed to develop a code of conduct for companies involved in AI.

  • The EU and Japan are seeing convergence in their thinking on generative AI.

  • The EU has implemented the AI Act, while Japan is pursuing more flexible guidelines.

  • Collaboration between the EU and Japan extends to AI, cybersecurity and chips.

Source: SCMP

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