Taiwan government unveils draft of AI Regulation Bill to tackle ethical and legal concerns

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    25th March 2023 – (Taipei) The Taiwanese government has taken a significant step towards regulating AI technology in the country by releasing the first draft of a bill. This move comes after concerns were raised over the ethical and legal implications of AI-generated works. Many countries around the world are designing policies and regulations to ensure the responsible development and application of AI, and Taiwan is no exception.

    On Saturday, the International Artificial Intelligence and Law Research Foundation held a “Presentation on a Proposal for the Artificial Intelligence Basic Act,” which was attended by several ministers, including Cabinet Spokesperson Lo Ping-cheng, Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang, Deputy Minister of Digital Affairs Yeh Ning, and Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Lin Minn-tsong.

    During the presentation, Lo stressed the importance of AI development in Taiwan, stating that it will bring more convenience, efficiency, and solutions to current and future challenges. The government has included AI in its major policies, and discussions are ongoing to create regulations that align with societal demands and protect people’s rights and security.

    Legal issues surrounding personal data and AI are currently the key focuses of discussions. As AI becomes increasingly prevalent in society, it is essential to address these concerns and ensure that digital policy laws are up to date. The government’s proposed regulations aim to better protect and apply AI development in the country.

    The release of the first draft of the Artificial Intelligence Basic Act is a significant step forward in the government’s efforts to regulate AI technology. Lo hailed it as “major progress,” demonstrating the government’s commitment to ensuring responsible AI development and application. However, Lo also expressed concerns about the implications of AI-generated works on freedom of speech, including his own speech at the event, which was produced by ChatGPT. It is crucial to remain vigilant about these issues and ensure that regulations are in place to protect people’s rights and security.