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Why Fortune is Incorrect About EU’s AI Strategy

What’s Wrong With Diverting Attention Away From Risk In the Health Sector?

I do not often write short opinion pieces, however I have to make an exception for a recent piece about EU’s AI strategy.

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Why Is the Fortune Article Incorrect?

  1. In assumptions made on how explainable artificial intelligence is treated in a European context. A blatant lack of understanding or communication of how this area is being addressed in EU strategies.
  2. Diverting attention away from health applications and life-threatening or potentially dangerous uses of AI.
  • There is little mention of any concrete part of the strategy in the article at all. What is the author even commenting on?
  • There is no mention of any of the vast amount of strategic documents from the European Union pertaining to AI. He could at least have checked out the summaries from the Future of Life Institute readily available online.

Health Risk is Important

The US health industry has a track record of ignoring its population. If we look beyond the treatment of the rich patients in the United States the health care system is one of the worst in the world. Clearly a journalist from the US could take this into consideration and again look comparatively towards the problem in EU compared to the US. In the EU patients have far more rights, and I do not for a second believe that only big data can help in developing good health solutions. The great solutions have been developed together with doctors and it should to a much higher degree be worked out in a safe way that retain the rights of citizens. Yes, there can be made some concessions, but protecting patient health data is vital.

Derogatory Comment about Margrethe Vestager

In addition the derogatory comment made by the writer, and that has been made by several other news articles is a slant towards the technology industry. According to the article Margrethe Vestager is ‘best known as Europe’s tough anti-trust cop’. I think the writer refers to her time as competition commissioner.

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AI Policy and Ethics at Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own.

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