On 21 April 2021, the European Commission presented its proposal for a novel regulatory framework for AI. The proposal aims to chart the European path to trustworthy development and deployment of AI-driven products, services and systems. This panel will critically examine whether the foundation and structure of the AI Act - grounded in product safety legislation - can properly address risks to fundamental rights such as the right to human dignity, equality between women and men, freedom of assembly or the general principle of good administration.
• What is the rationale behind the AI Act’s product safety approach?
• What are the potential benefits and shortcomings of that approach?
• Are there learnings from other legal domains that could be helpful (such as tort law or data protection)?
• Does the approach accommodate the socio-technical challenges of AI systems?