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Norway needs a clearer AI policy

Embla Helle Nerland
Embla Helle Nerland

Doctoral student in Sociology of Law Embla Helle Nerland joins the ongoing debate on artificial intelligence (AI) policy in Norway.

Nerland writes in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten that while Municipal Minister Sigbjørn Gjelsvik says a policy for AI is in place, it lacks clarity. She demands an AI policy that respects democracy and human rights, considering how AI technology may exacerbate the negative consequences of economic inequalities, border controls and police surveillance and make some people particularly vulnerable. The policy must also regard that technological expansion requires energy and might cause increased emissions impacting the natural environment.
Rather than technology-centric solutions, we should first define our desired future, aligning technology accordingly.
"I believe we need contemporary thinking that takes today's political issues as its starting point. For that, we need all the voices in a broader political debate, which must consider what new forms of power artificial intelligence brings with it, who benefits from this power, and who is particularly vulnerable to new technology," Nerland writes.

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