Spain has established Europe’s first artificial intelligence (AI) policy task force, taking a decisive first step in determining laws around the promising but controversial technology as many governments remain uncertain about the best way forward.
The Council of Ministers on Aug. 22 approved a Royal Decree to create the Spanish Agency for the Supervision of Artificial Intelligence (AESIA), a task force that will work under the guidance of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation.
The task force is the first of its kind in Europe, following on from the European Union’s Artificial Intelligence Act, which sought to try and establish a framework for governance and oversight of the growing technology.
The decree cited the “unquestionable” global impact of AI technology and the rapid advancement the technology has undergone. The AESIA, as part of the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy, will try to provide a framework under which Spain can continue to develop its AI technology and implement its use.
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