Von der Leyen calls for global panel on challenges posed by AI

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for the creation of a “global panel”of scientists, tech firms and independent experts to address the challenges posed by Artificial Intelligence (AI), along the lines of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), during her annual State of the Union speech.

“We are now laying the foundations for a single governance system in Europe,” von der Leyen said.

“But we should also join forces with our partners to ensure a global approach to understanding the impact of AI in our societies,” she said, recalling the recent warning made by “hundreds of leading AI developers, academics and experts” about the urgent need to “mitigate the risk of extinction from AI.

“I believe Europe, together with partners, should lead the way on a new global framework for AI, built on three pillars: guardrails, governance and guiding innovation,” added the EC chief, affirming the EU role as a world leader in AI regulation.

She said a European law on this issue, which is in the process of being approved, “is already a blueprint for the whole world.
“We must now focus on adopting the rules as soon as possible and turn to implementation,” von der Leyen concluded.