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Why does artificial intelligence need regulation?

18 April 2024 • by Michael R. Wade, Amit M. Joshi in Podcasts

Mike & Amit discuss the shifting landscape of AI law and the legislation to expect in 2024...

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In March 2024, the European Union approved the world’s first set of major regulatory rules to govern artificial intelligence. The EU AI Act categorizes technologies by risk – low, medium, high, and “unacceptable.” Those deemed the most dangerous can, in Europe, be shut down entirely.

It was a huge change in the tech world, but many may wonder why it was needed. Forms of AI have been used for decades, so aren’t existing laws enough? And how does generative AI differ from traditional AI?

Mike Wade says it comes down to power. Generative AI is worlds apart from its predecessors. The technology could cause disaster in the wrong hands, and, like nuclear energy, it needs regulation. But enforcement of AI rules is tricky. Amit Joshi thinks the explainability of AI, or lack thereof, poses a challenge to regulators.

In this latest episode of Mike & Amit Talk Tech, the two IMD professors discuss these problems in the context of the shifting landscape of AI law.


Michael Wade - IMD Professor

Michael R. Wade

Professor of Innovation and Strategy at IMD

Michael R Wade holds the Tonomus Professorship in Digital Business Transformation and is Director of IMD’s Global Center for Digital Business Transformation. He directs a number of open programs such as Leading Digital Business Transformation, Digital Transformation for Boards, Leading Digital Execution, and the Digital Transformation Sprint. He has written ten books, hundreds of articles, and hosts a popular management podcast. In 2021, he was inducted into the Swiss Digital Shapers Hall of Fame.

Amit Joshiv - IMD Professor

Amit M. Joshi

Professor of AI, Analytics and Marketing Strategy at IMD

Amit Joshi is Professor of AI, Analytics, and Marketing Strategy at IMD and Program Director of the Digital Strategy, Analytics & AI program, Generative AI for Business Sprint, and the Business Analytics for Leaders course.  He specializes in helping organizations use artificial intelligence and develop their big data, analytics, and AI capabilities. An award-winning professor and researcher, he has extensive experience of AI and analytics-driven transformations in industries such as banking, fintech, retail, automotive, telecoms, and pharma.

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