At Allied for startups we believe that forthcoming AI legislation should therefore be centered around the idea of providing a clear and straightforward framework for startup entrepreneurs to operate with. A harmonised European approach can pave the way for easier deployment and scale-up of AI across Europe.
Formulating AI principles on a European level can be an advantageous first step for creating future-proof legislation. Unlike overly prescriptive legislation, or legislation that is technologically specific, it can leave a broad scope for startup entrepreneurs to innovate in.
Artificial Intelligence principles
For startup entrepreneurs
For startup entrepreneurs, AI principles need to be boiled down to concrete and actionable advice. A principle based approach to AI legislation that encourages startups can be facilitated with the following startup reality-check:
01. Explainability for a startup entrepreneur
- AI is another technically complex field which will require translating values to a rapidly changing innovative field. As much as entrepreneurs have a responsibility to explain their work and vision to policy makers, policy makers also need to design laws that can be understood and navigated by smaller players, the startups.
02. Startup & Innovation Principle
- Any legislation, even in a field categorised as high-risk, should be constructed through the lens of a startup entrepreneur building a company in that sector. The ambition of a good law should be implementability by everyone
03. Not a Startup, but a Startup Ecosystem Perspective
- New AI rules should be designed with the collection of startup ecosystems in mind, and not by looking at a single large company. Build on the fact that Europe has its own competitive advantages in AI, build on these advantages by assuming an ecosystem perspective.
04. Minimise intervention in startup innovation
- An adapted approach, not applying the same blueprint to every startup, can be a first step to ensuring that regulation doesn’t stand in the way unnecessarily of innovation. A distinction between high and low risk sectors or use-cases should still keep in mind that there are ambitious startups operating in all fields.
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