Rathenau Institute presents conclusions generative AI to state secretary Van Huffelen

14/01/2024
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The rise of generative AI systems amplifies known risks of digitisation, such as discrimination and insecurity. In addition, the technology poses new risks to intellectual property and human development. Current and announced policies need to be reviewed and strengthened. This is the Rathenau Institute conclusion from research, which will be presented to State Secretary Van Huffelen during The Generative AI event on 18 January in The Hague.

The Rathenau Institute conducted research at the request of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, as part of the development of the cabinet vision on generative AI. During The Generative AI event, research coordinator Linda Kool explains the Rathenau Institute's findings. The Rathenau Scan Generative AI is based on literature review, working sessions and interviews with experts.

The Rathenau Institute recommends that policymakers and politicians should review and tighten national and European policies, including the AI Act, and create the possibility to remove high-risk generative AI systems from the market. In the meantime, oversight support, developer agreements and public debate on the desirability of generative AI systems such as ChatGPT, Bard and DALL-E are needed.

Generative AI provides an overview of the types of applications of generative AI and their societal impact. Generative AI systems represent a breakthrough in digitisation because, unlike other AI systems, they can perform many different tasks and work with different modalities: text, image and sound, as well as protein structures or chemical compounds. The technology is significantly better at language than other AI systems, allowing people to be addressed, entertained or enticed by a chatbot, and an AI system can also take over non-routine tasks.

The Generative AI event is organised by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and will take place on 18 January from 9.15 - 15.30 at Museum Beeld en Geluid in The Hague (Zeestraat 82).

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