Last week the EU Commission launched a High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLG). I understand from my sources at the EU Commission that the application process for the AI HLG was extremely competitive (around 500 applications were received). The stated objectives of the AI HLG are certainly ambitious. It is interesting to note that out of the 52 members, there are no private practice or in-house lawyers in the group. However, there are 3 legally qualified members who are academics and 1 who is in policy. Given the significant legal implications of AI one would have hoped that the Commission would have sought engagement from persons with a broader legal perspective. From my personal experience on an EU Expert Group (cloud computing) I know that people work very hard for the “common good” and come up with some innovative proposals. However, (due to a number of reasons), these proposal sometimes do not progress. Given the high calibre of the members of the AI HLG I hope that the EU Commission makes the most of the support and advice it will no doubt receive from the AI HLG.
The High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLG) will have as a general objective to support the implementation of the European strategy on AI. This will include the elaboration of recommendations on future AI-related policy development and on ethical, legal and societal issues related to AI, including socio-economic challenges.