The European Commission has proposed that artificial intelligence should be regulated in order to ban the abuse of this technology.
Prior to this announcement, the repercussions for AI misuse included bad press, reputation damage and more, but these new rules have suggested stronger consequences for exploitation, such as outright prohibiting certain AI systems and fines.
Under the new regulations, businesses that handle and work with AI have to be mindful of four risk levels: unacceptable, high, low and minimum.
HR AI systems sit in the “high risk” category as using this technology for hiring and firing has been met with backlash. For instance, Uber and Uber eats recently made headlines due to employees claiming that AI unjustly terminated them.
However, although there have clearly been issues with AI application, there are ways to implement this technology in an ethical way. This is crucial, because at its foundation, AI is the best method of removing discrimination and bias in the workplace.
Trying to define what is truly “ethical” may be tricky, but using regulations such as the EU’s proposal, codes of conducts, data charts and more can help create a better structure so AI is applied in the best way possible.