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Source: Die Linke “The commission labeled some deployment scenarios under the label ‘common good’, but failed in its recommendations to advocate consistent and courageous regulation of AI. So the potential of this technology as a contribution to shaping a socio-ecological transformation remains underexposed ”, explains Petra Sitte, deputy group chairman and full member of the study commission and chairwoman of the group. With the handover of its final report to the President of the Bundestag, the study commission “Artificial Intelligence – Social Responsibility and Economic, Social and Ecological Potential” ended its work today. Sitte continues: “There are no suggestions as to how AI development can be grounded by another European concept of social and democratic values. Instead, the company’s own development is only defined in competition with the USA and China. We consider the focus on pure location logic to be wrong. The DIE LINKE parliamentary group has already criticized many times during the Commission’s work that the Commission has remained below its possibilities. She could have drawn up a socially discussed vision of a future with AI in a participatory process. Instead, economic interests were repeatedly preferred to the common good. Involving civil society intensively was carried off in particular by the Union parliamentary groups and central issues of our time such as the climate catastrophe and the socio-economic transformation were largely ignored. Specifically, we count among the most urgent goals: • The potential of AI to combat climate catastrophe and growing social inequality to investigate and use. • A clear commitment to the immediate prohibition of AI-supported deadly autonomous weapon systems and facial recognition in public spaces. • Expand democratic design options and ensure freedom of opinion in digital media, especially social media. • The protection of personal data, before Especially in the health sector and in employment relationships, must be regulated and implemented with priority. Now we see it as an important compromise that the Commission was able to agree that people should make the final decisions However, the Commission then again neglected how this should be precisely regulated for individual applications. DIE LINKE has already taken on this task and is currently debating how the development and application of AI systems in a social context in detail must be designed and regulated so that we can use the social opportunities of AI for everyone and identify the risks even more precisely. There is still a huge deficit here even after two years of commission work. In particular, the parliamentary group criticizes DIE LINKE: • There was too little room for the possible contribution of AI to the emergence and resolution of social threats such as the climate catastrophe, the monopoly tendencies in the economy through little tech – Corporations and increasing social divisions and conflicts, among other things with regard to growing inequality, discrimination and surveillance. • There are too few recommendations for the solution of concrete target conflicts between economic and civil-society interests. • There are no or hardly any concrete regulatory approaches to development and Application of AI systems from the perspective of concrete social constellations and use cases • The way in which the commission worked put a strain on the democratic cooperation of the political groups, because uncoordinated changes were made in report texts that had already been agreed upon Unnecessarily high time pressure was built up and there were no debates on important parts of the report such as ethics and society. This excluded the interested public in the working phases of the project groups. • Finally, the commission work was devalued on the one hand by the Federal Government submitting an AI strategy before the start of the inquiry commission and on the other by the coalition factions making an independent proposal shortly before the end of the inquiry work Design of AI in the Bundestag as a proposal to be voted immediately, without waiting for the recommendations of the study commission and taking them into account.


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